Planning Permission for Shannon LNG Pipeline
by Pierce Brosnan and Keely Brosnan, California, USA to An Bord
Pleanála on the Shannon LNG Pipeline Planning Application
here for embarrasing reaction to James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan's
statment on the Shannon LNG Project from local councillor Michael
Hae Rae from South Kerry who wants to welcome the American Hess
Corporation but doesn't want to welcome any reaction from America.
Click here to download Irish Media Interest on the Keely and Pierce Brosnan submission on the Shannon LNG Project (1.9 MB)
|November 28th, 2008
Kerry County Council
Re: Support for Section 5 Declaration filed by Safety Before LNG
Challenging Permissions for Shannon LNG Project
It has recently come to our attention that Ireland is considering the
construction of an LNG import terminal on the Shannon Estuary between
Tarbert and Ballylongford in County Kerry. However, it is clear from a
review of the approval process so far that this proposal has been
fast-tracked and piecemealed by separating the terminal itself from its
associated pipeline and that no coherent assessment of the serious and
significant risks to public health and safety has been undertaken.
The decision to approve and construct an LNG terminal is a gravely
serious matter that demands the utmost scrutiny and review.
We learned this first hand by participating in the review an LNG
terminal proposal for offshore California put forth by the largest
mining company in the world, BHP Billiton. What we found was a massive,
industrial facility that would have polluted our community in violation
of existing air quality laws and that posed serious long term risks to
public safety and security. After four years of hearings and testimony
in opposition to this terminal, our elected officials resoundingly
rejected the proposal and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it as
an unacceptable choice for California.
We stronly support Safety Before LNG's request that the Planning
Department find that this project and its associated pipeline must be
thoroughly reviewed for the serious cumulative risks it poses for the
local population and the environment. In today's day and age when the
world is focused on reducing green house gas emissions and ensuring an
environment that will support and sustain future generations, it is
imperative that we concentrate on renewable sources of energy and avoid
continued dependence on imported and polluting fossil fuels.
Thank you for consideration of our remarks on this important subject.
Pierce and Keely Brosnan