Press Release 10th December 2009: Safety Before LNG
condemns refusal by CER to require an LNG marine Risk assessment
Safety Before LNG says that it is incredible, but not surprising, that
the CER can find that there is still no requirement for a Marine Risk
Assessment of the proposed LNG terminal and asks the CER which
government body is actually going to require one.
Court of Human Rights has now asked the British Goverment to explain
how the safety bodies in the UK could allow the LNG terminal be built
in Milford Haven without any marine risk assessments and the exact same
embarrassing scenario is now likely for the Shaannon LNG project in
World-renowned LNG safety expert Dr. Jerry Havens has stated that
anyone within 3 miles of an LNG accident will be in danger.
A foreshore licence is still required and is permission from the EPA
to pollute the area which, given the reaction of the other statutory
bodies, should be another time-wasting, money-wasting whitewash.
Notes to editor:
The CER have given a licence to Shannon LNG to construct the pipeline
with only a few interesting conditions.:
Pipeline must be built
within 5 years of the consent given (the LNG terminal itself is 10
The pipeline will need further approval on safety grounds before it
actually goes into operation.
full decision can be downloaded from the CER website at
CER said that they undertook a safety assessment of the proposal but
gave no details of who did this assessment or the findings which is
interesting as the CER do not have any LNG expertise and the CER found
that there was no requirement for a marine risk assessment.
even though there has still been no risk assessment of the ship
movements of LNG, and despite the recent European Court of Human Rights
case into the exact same lack of a marine risk assessment in the
Milford Haven LNG terminals and the recent Corrib Pipeline ruling where
the corrib pipeline is not allowed to be built in an area if an
accident would pose a danger to residents (see http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2009-05-19.1601.0
) the CER has
just proved it does not give a damn about the safety issues surrounding
what will become the most sizeable hazard in Ireland.
Copy of letter from the CER to Safety Before LNG announcing its
December 2009 Ref: 39093
to Construct Shannon LNG Natural Gas Pipeline
refer to previous correspondence and submissions from Safety Before
LNG on the above.
Commission has now decided to grant Section 39A Consent to Shannon
LNG to construct the pipeline. A copy of the decision is available on
our website at www.cer.ie .
coming to its decision, the Commission has taken account of the
submissions received from various parties and the arguments advanced
at the public meeting of 26 May last, as will be clear from the text
of the decision. The Commission has also considered the very
recent submission from Safety Before LNG of 19 November 2009 and has
concluded that the considerations set out the submission would not
constitute grounds for refusing a Section 39A Consent.
should add, incidentally, that Shannon LNG will not be entitled to
actually operate the proposed LNG terminal until it has applied for
and received a license to operate from the Commission. A prior
condition to issuing such a license would be that the Commission has
approved a Safety Case for the facility.
trust this is helpful.
Dr. Paul McGowan, Director of Safety, CER.