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Ferris rejects report on Corrib pipeline

3 May, 2006

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD has rejected Minister Noel Dempsey's claim that the reports which he commissioned into safety aspects of the proposed Corrib gas pipeline address the concerns that have been raised both by the local community and by independent experts. The Adventica Report states that "proper consideration" was given by Shell to the design and location of the landfall, pipeline and terminal and that provided that their recommendations on other aspects, including a limit of 144 bar pressure, is followed, that " - the pipeline will be constructed to an appropriate standard and will be "fit for purpose".

Deputy Ferris said: "I do not accept that either Adventica or the Technical Advisory Group conducted a sufficient investigation of all of the concerns, nor that they had, or are likely to have, the confidence of the community concerned. The Minister also claims that Adventica has refuted the technical objections highlighted by Richard Kuprewicz. It will be interesting to hear the views of Mr. Kuprewicz on this assertion as most people with knowledge in the field accepted that he had indeed raised legitimate questions over the safety of the pipeline.

"Most significant of all is the fact that neither of the groups tasked with the investigation had the confidence or the co-operation of those immediately concerned with the pipeline. That in itself is a damning indictment. At the end of the day unless the pipeline has the confidence and support of the people of Rossport they will not accept its imposition. They will continue to have the support of Sinn Féin in their ongoing campaign." ENDS

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