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- Claims that the flow of over €27 million by
Shannon LNG into Irish state-controlled bodies during its planning
process put huge and inappropriate pressure on Irish planning
- Calls for the return of the site to public ownership after it was
revealed that Shannon LNG controversially purchased the lands from the
state-owned Shannon Group for €25 million during the planning process
at a time when it was against government policy to permit any LNG
terminals to be proceeded with.
Shannon LNG Pipeline Expiry
Referred to An Bord Pleanála after it was discovered that Shannon LNG
only applied for a 10-year planning permission in 2008.
November 29th 2022: More Carbon Budget threats to Irish Farming following revelation that the Shannon LNG Emissions would
the Methane Emissions from 1 Million Beef Cattle
- With up to 10
times the emissions of pipeline gas, LNG would mean a higher proportion
of the Carbon Budget Choice would be used for the fracked gas industry
and that even more Irish cattle would have to be culled and food
production reduced at a time of pending world food shortages to
October 8th 2021: Shannon
LNG - Official Petition Against Development Consent for US Fracked
Gas Import Terminal in Ireland by New Fortress Energy - Have
your say before October 22nd, 2021
October 2nd 2021: Why is the SDLP turning a blind eye to its Deputy Leader's conflict of interest controversy?
September 28th 2021: So,
why is the Green Party Leader in Ireland - Environment Minister Eamon
Ryan - actually defending Shannon LNG and the Fracking Industry in the
September 1st 2021: Climate
Treason by the Irish Green Party as Shannon LNG formally
lodges new US fracked gas import terminal application.
Environmental campaigners on the Shannon Estuary
feel completely deceived and betrayed by the Green Party who they now
consider as fake environmentalists
July 30th 2021: Irish
Green Party set to commit Environmental Treason as it refuses to
implement the new Government policy against LNG terminals by
deliberately allowing Shannon LNG lodge a new planning application
within days for a fracked gas import terminal.
Ryan is set to 'run
down the clock' and not order An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning
permission for the Shannon LNG fracked gas project.
June 29th 2021: Serious
issues of credibility after Minister Ryan wrongly advised by his
Department that Shannon LNG planning application would be assessed by
Section 34 of the Planning Act, when An Bord Pleanála ruled on June 2nd
it must go through the fast-track planning section 37
June 25th 2021: Shannon
LNG announces Delay in Lodging Planning Application, giving Green
Minister for Energy Éamon Ryan time to order An Bord Pleanála to Stop
Fracked Gas Terminal as per published government policy
June 22nd 2021: An
Bord Pleanála completely ignores notification of Government
policy against LNG terminals received one week before decision made to
allow fast-track Shannon LNG application.
guidelines - only a notification - sent to An Bord Pleanála
because the policy is "not a policy of the Minister for Housing, Local
Government and Heritage".
only obliges the planning authority to "have regard" to government
policy, whereas "guidelines" would oblige the planning authority to
"comply" with Government Policy.
Chairman Leddin of the Green Party now seen as the fracked gas industry champion
in Government. Minister Ryan also has questions to answer on how he
moved in the Dáil on the same today to prevent a fracked gas import ban
being amended to the Climate Bill
- Government must agree immediately to close this loophole in order to avoid the Climate Bill from falling into disrepute
Conclusion of legal process opens window for an Irish ban on the
importation of fracked gas as agreed in the Programme for Government.
- Proposed Removal by Minister Nichola Mallon of Permitted
Development Rights (PDR) for gas
exploration a dangerous sleight of hand signalling to the Market that
Northern Ireland is open for gas exploration through planning
regulation of the petroleum and fracking industry before any gas exploration policy decision is
made or any decision is taken on the current petroleum licensing
applications by the Northern Ireland Executive.
- Question to arise now is will the Irish Planning Authority have to refund the €30,000
application fee paid to it by Shannon LNG/New Fortress Eenrgy
June 15th 2020: Ireland set to become the first country in the world to ban the imporation of fracked gas.
June 11th 2020: Cork
LNG and Shannon LNG Floating Import Terminals (FSRUs) will not qualify
for Strategic Infrastructure Fast-Track Planning in Ireland.
And Bord Pleanála has been hiding for over one year the fact that local
councils and multiple state agencies must process proposed floating
terminals, adding years to the planning-consent process since
fast-track planning only allowed for onshore terminals, not offshore
- Loopholes must now be covered in any Programme for Goverment
to include Press Ombudsman's decision of October 2020 ruling that Irish
Examiner article by Anne Lucey breached the principles of Truth,
Accuracy and Distinguishing Fact and Comment.
April 25th 2020: Growing
national consensus on LNG Energy Policy in Programme for Government.
April 19th 2020: Growing
national consensus against Shannon LNG with the news that almost half
of the newly-elected Irish parliamentarians have signed a pledge
against US fracked gas import terminals in Ireland.
April 16th 2020: Energy Commissioner Simson tells Irish eNGO that PCI Regulation "gives an explicit priority to energy policy over environmental policy".
February 13th 2020: Legal challenge allowed in Irish High Court against approval of 4th PCI List .
January 21st 2020: Energy Commissioner Simson reveals how 4th PCI List would circumvent EIB ban on gas infrastructure lending.
January 18th 2020: Appeal of European Commission Approval of 4th PCI List Lodged.
November 28nd 2019: European Ombudsman Rules on Complaint about PCI Approval been given by European Commission with No SEA.
November 2nd 2019: Evidence that Shannon LNG is for the Importation of Fracked US Gas.
October 22nd 2019: Green
Party Leader Gives Taoiseach the Green Red Line Against US Fracked Gas
Imports by Shannon LNG: "This is a Climate Issue of the First Order".
October 21st 2019: Mark Ruffalo warns Ireland and Shannon LNG they are killing Americans: "You are killing people and you are poisoning people and it's not going to be looked upon kindly".
October 17th 2019: European Commission says that Ireland can still remove Shannon LNG from draft Final 4th PCI List.
October 16th 2019: European
Commission gives new deadline of 23rd October 2019 for Ireland to
remove Shannon LNG from draft Final 4th PCI List.
October 14th 2019: Scientists
prove that importing US Fracked Gas into Ireland is a race to the
bottom with a carbon-equivalent footprint 44% greater than coal.
October 12th 2019: Documents on 4th PCI List
Approval by Irish Government released under AIE Regulations.
October 3rd 2019: Majority of Irish MEPs tell the
EU Commission not to allow Fracked Gas into Ireland via the Projects of
Common Interest Process.
October 3rd 2019: Secret Meeting to
approve PCI projects in Brussels exposed through AIE Request raises
alarm bells that Irish Government deliberately planned all
on Fracked Gas in the Irish Energy Mix to only take place after Special
Status was already given.
September 9th 2019: Submission Raises Serious
Questions over Irish Gas Projects on the PCI List.
February 15th 2019: Irish High Court delivers Killer
blow to US Fracked Gas Imports by 'New Fortress Energy'.
November 15th 2018: M.E.P. Sean Kelly is
asked to declare his position on Fracked Gas in the Irish Energy Mix
following his attendance at Regional Gathering of the National Dialogue
on Climate Action.
September 17th 2018: US Fracking Giant's attempts to
Ireland's legal Boycott of Fracked Gas a game changer that puts the
whole Shannon LNG project in doubt.
September 7th 2018: Shannon LNG planning permission
put on hold in Dublin High Court
March 14th 2018:
EU Parliament breaching its own SEA Directive
by approving EU Energy Programme
of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) without any
Assessment or consideration of reasonable alternatives..
Directive states that All Projects on the PCI list must be "allocated
the status of highest national significance possible" and
"authorisation should be given to projects which have an
on the environment for reasons of overriding public interest"
door opened for legal challenge
February 22nd 2018: Over One Thousand people object to Shannon LNG
Extension of Planning.
23 Environmental Groups unite in common cause
against Shannon LNG.
February 12th 2018: Complaint against An
Bord Pleanala for breach of planning laws in Shannon LNG decision.
Calls for suspension of Shannon LNG application to extend expiring
planning permission until complaint is adjudicated on .
February 8th 2018: An
Bord Pleanala, in a breach of trust, decides that extending the
expiring planning permission for the proposed Shannon LNG terminal is a
"Material Change" and then, 26 days later, changes its mind.
December 13th 2013: Senator
Ned O'Sullivan attacks the Judiciary as he describes High Court judge's
decision against Shannon LNG as "Appalling"
December 11th 2013: High Court ruling against Shannon
LNG Saves the
Irish People One
Billion Euros and highlights Cabinet Minister's attack on the
Decision entirely vindicates position of
Shannon LNG opponents as the
truth comes out in the end.
November 21st 2013: High Court decision due but postponed.
March 13th 2013: Shannon
LNG High Court case ends after 7 days - judgement reserved
January 28th 2013: EU
fact-finding trip to proposed LNG site on the Shannon Estuary a major
embarrassment for Irish planning authorities
July 10th 2012: Shannon
LNG Project Officially Postponed
June 30th 2012: As
Irish Energy Regulator delivers killer blow to Hess LNG/Shannon LNG
project, Irish politicians and officials are accused of
misleading the general public on the hidden Shannon LNG subsidy
June 29th 2012: The Commission for Energy Regulation
publishes final decision paper on the Regulatory Treatment of the BGE
March 22nd 2012: 'Safety
Before LNG' condemns illegal political interference
with the independent energy regulator for the benefit of Shannon
LNG as an attack on the democratic process.
March 13th 2012: Irish
on proposed gas interconnector tariff outlawing monopoly pricing and
anti-competitive behaviour to cost Shannon LNG €1 billion over 13 years
and seriously compromises the project according to Hess LNG CEO Gordon
February 17th 2012: The Commission for Energy Regulatioin
publishes proposed decision paper on the Regulatory Treatment of the
December 6th 2011: Major
criticism by Irish Minister for Energy of "windfall gain" to US
Multinational 'HESS' a dramatic game-changer that could spell end of
Shannon LNG project.
10th August 2011: ESB
accuses Shannon LNG of "free-riding" on the services that the gas
July 1st 2011: The Commission for Energy Regulation
publishes consulation paper on the Regulatory Treatment of the BGE
14th June 2011: Hess
LNG publicly pulls out of Fall River LNG project at Massachusetts.
May 25th 2011: Hess
LNG threats to pull out of Irish Shannon LNG project dismissed as an
anti-competitive charade to avoid €22.5 million annual levy at expense
of Irish consumers; appeal of CER decision to the Competition Authority
and EU on the cards.
May 21st 2011: Irish
Cabinet Minister Jimmy Deenihan Threatens Irish Energy Regulator over
Shannon LNG project.
Jan 4th 2011: The
Commission for Energy Regulation publishes first consulation paper on
the Regulatory Treatment of the BGE interconnectors in relation to
security of gas supply
19th August 2010: Endesa
plans to convert former ESB station at Tarbert from fuel to gas put on
hold by An Bord Pleanála and local T.D. criticised for encouraging
anti-competitive behaviour by Shannon LNG
23rd April 2010:
Foreshore Licence given without SEA proves double standards in Ireland
and condemned as Legal Corruption and a breach of the Public Trust
21st April 2010: 'Safety
Before LNG' uncovers plans by Bord Gais to build a second 26-kilometre
gas pipeline to Tarbert independent of Shannon LNG.
20th April 2010: 'Safety
Before LNG' says it has no choice but
to break a local taboo and opppose the Endesa gas project until a
Strategic Assessment is completed as requested by the EU Commission;
says Endesa will become a hostage to Hess/Shannon LNG gas.
15th April 2010: 'Safety
Before LNG' to appeal CER decision to grant Shannon LNG 25 years
exemption from regulated third-party access to the European
claiming that 42% of its inital
LNG supply going to 450 MW Endesa
and 250 MW Shannon LNG power stations gives it pivitol supplier status.
CER decision will make Endesa a hostage to Shannon LNG gas.
10th April 2010: EU
Commission finds more than 10,000 people affected by Shannon LNG
project and finds that Strategic Assessment is first required as per EU
18th March 2010: FOI
Revelation that Kerry Councillor earns over €100,000 in expenses over 5
years reignites rezoning controversy
8th March 2010: Shannon
LNG Investment decision could drag on further than next year says Hess
CEO Gordon Shearer
23rd February 2010 : Bord
Shannon LNG gas will be for export
10th December 2009: CER
Require LNG Marine Risk Assessment Condemned
12th May 2009: Energy
Conference in Tarbert discusses alternatives to Shannon LNG project
28th March 2009: Letter to the Farmer's Journal printed on
28th 2009 -
LNG A dirty money-making project
10th March 2009: Massive
SemEuro Petroleum Storage Facility in Tarbert put on hold
3rd March 2009: Deputy
told that LNG is a fossil fuel
October 17th 2008: Kilcolgan
Residents Association / Safety Before LNG formally request CER to
consider media reports of an internal CER Memo stating that gas prices
would rise by about 15% once Shannon LNG started production.
August 24th 2008: Maeve
Sheehan of the Irish Independent reports on an internal memo from the
Independent Energy Regulator circulated in July 2008 attributing rising
cost of gas to declining use of the interconnector.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Integrated Pollution Prevention
Control (IPPC) Licence - application not yet submitted (as of December
Foreshore Licence to construct marine part of Shannon LNG Terminal - 23 April 2010
for Energy Regulation (CER) Processing of Shannon LNG Request for
Exemption from Regulated Third Party Access - 15th April 2009
Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) Licence for Shannon LNG Pipeline - December 9th 2009
Permission for Road Widening from Tarbert to proposed LNG Site and
Compulsory Acquisition of adjoining Land - 2nd November 2009
Section 5 Referral to An Bord Pleanála on the legality of 'Project Splitting' - 17th February 2009
Planning Permission for the LNG Pipeline and Compulsory Acquistion of Adjoining Land- February 17th 2009
Bord Pleanála Planning Decision on SemEuro petroleum storage
installation adjacent to proposed LNG terminal. Pre-application
consultation. Withdrawn December 19th 2008
Bord Pleanála Planning Decision that 26-kilometre Shannon LNG Pipeline from Tarbert to Foynes qualifies as
a development to be considered under the Strategic Infrastructure Act
2006- July 22nd 2008
Planning Permission for the LNG Terminal - decision made March 13th 2008
Bord Pleanála Planning Decision that Shannon LNG Terminal qualifies as
a development to be considered under the Strategic Infrastructure Act
2006- September 7th 2007