Ferris demands full disclosure on Corrib
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural resources Martin Ferris TD, has
demanded that all minutes and documents relating to the proposed Corrib
project be made available as part of an inquiry into the development.
Deputy Ferris was speaking in response to a reply given by Minister Noel
Dempsey to a priority question today.
Deputy Ferris said: “Now that the Rossport Five have been released it is vital that the entire project is placed under review. That must mean that all the relevant minutes and documents relating to the project are made available."
Deputy Ferris called on the Minister to "give an undertaking that the minutes of all meetings between his officials and Shell be released. And that this should include minutes of the meeting which took place between An Taoiseach and Tom Botts of Shell on September 19 2003.
He also said there was a need to ensure "full disclosure of the procedures under which Bellanaboy Wood was transferred to Shell for use as the proposed site of the refinery."
Deputy Ferris went on to point out “that in a reply to a question from Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brun, the European Commission has stated that projects which are likely to have significant effects on the environment, and that would require an EIA under EU Directives, should not be split into sub-projects so that each of them, taken individually, is determined not to have significant environmental effects and thus escapes the obligations set
out by the Directive.
“That is what took place in relation to the Corrib project in order to avoid an Enviromental Impact Assessement on the overall implications of the development.
"It is essential now that public attention has been drawn to the pipeline by the coureagous stand taken by the five Rossport men, that a full and transparent inquiry is held into the proposed development and that all aspects of it from health and safety to the licensing terms are subject to review.” ENDS