Letter to the Farmer's Journal printed on March 28th 2009
Shannon LNG A dirty money-making project
LNG - an exercise in bad planning - is only about money..
LNG projects are dirty and dangerous and feared by the well-informed
local communities all over the world that they come into contact with.
However, Kerry County Council, Shannon Development and a couple of
local associations have bucked this international trend by welcoming
them with open arms. One wonders why?
Council has not pointed out the millions of euros it will make every
year from rates at the terminal. Add to this the millions from the
now-suspended 220 million gallon SemEuro petroleum storage facility,
which we suspect is only awaiting rezoning of better land East of the
LNG site, as proposed in the new draft county development plan, which
has deeper water. It will make Kerry County Council one of the richest
councils in the country.
Shannon Development has not
pointed out it secretly received almost half a million euros from
Shannon LNG three months before the land was even rezoned as part of
the option to purchase agreement. This agreement was conditional on
obtaining planning permission within two years.
Tarbert Development Association, it can see no wrong in the Shannon
Development /Shannon LNG deal. Then again, Shannon Development has
sponsored the new e-town project in Tarbert to the tune of €3m for what is basically eight houses with broadband - a
pretty outdated concept for an average of €375,000 construction price
per house in these recessionary times. The same association kept
telling us that the LNG project would bring lots of local jobs. That
rings hollow when even the building of the eight houses for the e-town
was not given to the locals that need the jobs, but to a Castleisland
The local associations also forget to mention
the €200,000 yearly donation to the 'local' community from the LNG
company, which they hope to administer.
No concern is expressed for forward planning, the environment or the dangers of LNG.
The trans-shipment harbour (which would give a huge number of
sustainable jobs) cannot now go ahead because of the sterilisation of
the Estuary by the LNG terminal. An LNG risk assessment on water would
prove this if they ever decide to carry one out. This is outside the
remit of the HSA which only looks at risks on land. All this mismanagement is for 50 long-term LNG jobs. We believe this
project is anti-jobs and all about the greed of the few and money