Shell’s Corrib Gas Project is already decade late and 3 times over budget – impressive for a rural community fighting one of the biggest multinationals in the world! From the Niger Delta, Sakalin, Iraq, Durban, Port Arthur, Burenos Aires, the Tar Sands and here in Mayo, Shell’s appalling record of human rights abuses, oil spills, gas flaring and accidents forces people to protect their communities and environment from Shell.

The injustice faced by the community here is symbolic of the corruption and problems faced by people all over Ireland.
The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:

1)To have the Corrib gas field exploited in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.

2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland’s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.

3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell’s proposed inland refinery.

*This figure is based on the estimate, issued by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) in 2006, that the amount of recoverable oil and gas in the Rockall and Porcupine basins, off Ireland’s west coast, is 10 BBOE (billion barrels of oil equivalent). Based on the average price of a barrel of oil for 2010 of $79, this works out at $790 billion, or €580 billion. This does not take account of further oil and gas reserves off Ireland’s south & east coasts or inland. The total volume of oil and gas which rightfully belongs to Ireland could be significantly higher. Also, as the global price of oil rises in the coming years, the value of these Irish natural resources will rise further.

For more information please see www.shelltosea.com
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