Court quashes Shell’s controversial Irish pipeline project licence

A controversial Shell pipeline project in Ireland suffered a setback on Wednesday when an Irish court quashed a revised licence for the gas terminal.

The €2.7bn Corrib project to bring in gas some 83 km off the Irish coast is nine years behind schedule, the BBC said. In particular protestors are concerned about the environmental impact of the scheme, the safety aspects and irregularities in the planning process.

The Irish Environmental Protection Agency issued a revised licence for the project in June but a local man went to court arguing there were defects in how the EPA carried out an environmental impact assessment. The commercial court has now found in his favour.

Shell Ireland in a reaction said it is ‘studying the ruling’.

The company said earlier that construction of the terminal has been largely completed and it intended to begin commissioning the terminal gas infrastructure, under the revised IPPC licence, on April 1st 2014.

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