26 August 2005

BreakingNews.ie: Pipeline protestors: No confidence in safety review


26/08/2005 - 11:11:36

Opponents of the planned Corrib gas pipeline say they have no confidence in the latest safety review planned for the scheme.

The Government has appointed an international consultancy firm to carry out the assessment within the next six weeks.

The company in question has previously worked for Shell, the firm behind the controversial pipeline project in north Co Mayo.

The board appointed by the Government to award the contract for the review has insisted there is no conflict of interest, but local residents opposed to the pipeline say this is unacceptable.

Spokesman Mark Garavan said: "The company itself is part of the oil and gas industry in Britain. It has worked before for Shell and no doubt will hope to work for them in the future."

The latest safety review is being carried out because of local concerns about the previous one, which was carried out by a company owned by Shell.

Mr Garavan said local residents who want gas from the Corrib field pumped to an offshore terminal believed the Government commissioned the review to evade its own responsibilities in the area.

He said the Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition was "entirely compromised" due to its support for the Corrib project.

"Sufficient evidence is already available for [the minister] to make a determination on whether the pipeline is safe or not," he said.

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