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Ferris claims Corrib Review is "bad joke"

1 June, 2005


The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources Martin Ferris TD, has described the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources decision to contract a subsidiary of Shell to conduct a review of Shell's Quantified Risk Analysis of their proposed Corrib development as a bad joke and an insult to the public. Deputy Ferris was speaking in response to a reply from Minister Noel Dempsey who claimed that the Department only became aware of the fact following the publication of the report last week. Minister Dempsey, in reply to a question from Deputy Ferris, stated that the Department will now initiate a further review.

Deputy Ferris said: "It truly beggars belief that the Department was not aware that the British Pipeline Agency is jointly owned by Shell and BP. Even the most basic internet search would have revealed this. Serious issues have arisen at every stage in this process going right back to the original granting of licenses and the allocation of the site at Bellanboy, all of which are shrouded in mystery. To add to that we now have the ludicrous situation where one part of a company engaged in a potentially dangerous pipeline development is asked to conduct an 'independent review' of the risks involved.

"This is at a time when Shell is attempting to bully people whose lands lie along the route of the proposed pipeline, and where none of the serious concerns that have been raised are being properly addressed. No doubt if local people had not revealed the fact that BPA are in fact Shell, the Department would be citing its review as proof that everything is fine. I am calling on the Minister not only to conduct an independent review of the QRA but to institute a thorough public investigation into every aspect of Shell's involvement in this project right back to the shoddy deal that gave them control over the Corrib Field in the first instance." ENDS

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