Shell to Sea spokesman, Dr Mark Garavan has criticised Mayo County Council for not replying to a letter, questioning Shell’s planning permission for the proposed Bellanaboy refinery.
“We are very concerned that we have not received a reply regarding the fact that there was essential information omitted about the cold-venting of gas in the original EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) submitted to the Council,” said Dr Garavan.
The cold-venting of methane gas means it is released straight into the environment. According to Dr Garavan it is a health and safety issue, which, under planning legislation, is the sole prerogative of the Council.
A council spokesman told The Mayo News last week it was considering the issues raised in the letter.
Meanwhile, Minister Noel Dempsey has said there was ‘no case’ for examining alternative terminal sites. He was responding to a proposal by engineers Leo Corcoran and Brian Coyle that consultants should be employed to identify the optimum location for the terminal.
They claim it is in the wrong location, due to its proximity to the primary water supply for Erris, and the necessity for a connecting onshore high pressure production pipeline which is in breach of a code of practice.
A High Court hearing is due to get under way today (Wednesday) which involves Rossport Five landowners, Brendan Philbin, Willie Corduff and Philip McGrath and Ms Bríd McGarry, the biggest landholder along the pipeline route. They are seeking discovery from Shell of a number of documents relating to the original petroleum license and various consents for the project.