Key issues unaddressed in Cassells' report - Ferris
Responding to the report from Peter Cassells' on the Corrib Gas dispute, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD, while welcoming the vindication of the position taken by the Rossport Five in regards to the route of the pipeline, believes key issues went unaddressed.
The Kerry North TD said: "The call to reroute the pipeline is a vindication of the position of the Rossport Five and the Shell to Sea Campaign that Shell's proposed pipeline was, as always maintained by the campaign, to be an unsafe route. This is a vindication of the five men who spent over three months in prison.
"But two key issues are unaddressed in the Cassells' report. Firstly, the report seems to accept without question the position of Shell that it cannot process the gas at sea, which is the central demand of the campaign. Re-routing the pipeline, simply reroutes the problem.
"Secondly, there is still a complete failure to understand, right up to government level, that the economic benefits for the Irish people from the Corrib field are negligible. Bord Gáis have acknowledged there will be no benefit for the bills of Irish gas consumers. Huge tax breaks unaccountably granted by Minister Ray Burke mean that Irish natural resources have simply been handed over to Shell, Statoil and Marathon. How does Minister Dempsey think bringing the gas onshore in such circumstance will 'meet Ireland's energy needs'?
"While there are some other positive indications in the report, including a local investment fund and greater use of local labour, Sinn Féin's position remains unchanged. The processing of the gas must be done at sea and the Irish people must benefit from its exploitation." ENDS