Press ReleasesApril 14th 2021: Fears
Policy Statement against Fracked Gas Imports is being delayed
deliberately until after Shannon LNG reapplies for planning
Minister Ryan accused of bringing the Climate Bill into disrepute and
of having a conflict of Interest for failing to close loophole in the
re-drafting of the Climate Bill even though he was fully aware of the
court case arguments
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 Fracked Gas Floating Import
Terminals (FSRUs) will not qualify for Strategic Infrastructure
Fast-Track Planning in Ireland.
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 discussion
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 flout
Ireland's legal Boycott of Fracked Gas a game changer that puts the
whole Shannon LNG project in doubt.
September 7th 2018: Shanon 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 Environmental
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 that
"authorisation should be given to projects which have an adverse impact
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 loophole.
June 29th 2012: The Commission for Energy Regulation publishes final decision paper on the Regulatory Treatment of the BGE interconnectors.
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 Regulator ruling
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 BGE interconnectors
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 interconnectors.
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 Commission
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 Gais
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 March
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.