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Corib Gas in Rossport, Ireland


The Corrib Gas Field is a reserve of natural gas situated 80 km off the west coast of County Mayo containing at least 1 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas. The Corrib Gas Project, directed by a consortium of companies led by Royal Dutch Shell, seeks to bring the gas ashore at Glengad in the Barrony of Erris in North West Mayo and to pump the unrefined gas 9km inland through an inhabited area to a refinery located on a boggy hill where it would be cleaned and depressurized for sale and export.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Corib Gas in Rossport, Ireland
State or province:Mayo
Location of conflict:Rossport
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Oil and gas refining
Specific commodities:Natural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Extraction is predicted to continue for to 20 years. Corrib will produce between 310 and 350 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd).

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Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:1998
Company names or state enterprises:Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) from Netherlands
Statoil from Norway
Vermilion Energy from Canada
Relevant government actors:Mayo County Council, Irish government
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Shell to Sea, Rossport Solidarity Camp
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Irish and International environmental activists
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
kayaking towards the companys sea facilities
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
Criminalization of activists
Strengthening of participation
- Appealing to the An Bord Plenala, which aims to play our part as an independent national body in an impartial, efficient and open manner, to ensure that physical development and major infrastructure projects in Ireland respect the principles of sustainable development, including the protection of the environment.
Proposal and development of alternatives:To build the facility offshore.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The project has not been stopped yet but has been delayed.
On 2 November 2009 An Bord Pleanála informed the developers of the Corrib Gas Project that it could not approve the application to the Board made under the Strategic Infrastructure Act and invited Shell to modify the pipeline route.
Shell now propose a route modification along the lines suggested by an Bord Pleanála and have submitted a new application under Section 40 of the Gas Act 1976 with supporting EIS. This modified route also results in a new application for a Foreshore Licence from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
As part of SEPILs 2010 application to An Bord Pleanála, an Oral Hearing commenced in Belmullet, Co. Mayo on 24 August 2010.
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act, 1960:
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Forshore Act, 1933:
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EIA Directive (Community Directive 85/337/EEC as amended by 97/11/EC and


Gas Act 1976:
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Short documentary about Rossport Solidarity Camp and the struggle against Shell:
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Pipe Down is an hour long documentary that tells the story of a rural community in Co. Mayo in Ireland, who have been battling the oil giant Shell over their plans to put a dangerous raw gas pipeline through the community and complete construction of a ga
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Website of the group Shelltosea:
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Review of the 2010 Corrib Gas

Rossport Socidarity Camp Facebook website:
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Corrib Offshore EIS:
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Pipeline EIS Submission. Prepared by: ENVIRON UK, 2011:
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Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Affairs Division/Corrib Gas Field Development/Corrib Gas Field Development.htm
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Wiki Corib gas controversy:
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Contributor:Amaranta Herrero
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:66
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