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05-10-2012, 12:47   #1
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Opposition grows to drilling rig off south Dublin coast

A Providence Resources image shows where the exploratory drill will take place, 6km off Dalkey Island. Some in the business community have welcomed the move


A DRILLING rig to establish the scale of oil and gas reserves off the Dublin coast is due to be in place within six months after the approval of an exploratory foreshore licence.

Dublin-based Providence Resources has said it plans to have the rig in place 6km off Dalkey Island on the Kish Bank Basin in the first few months of 2013.

As local objections mount to the plan, however, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore last night backed calls for a public inquiry into any future application by the developers.

“The licence is for a once-off exploratory drill,” the Dún Laoghaire TD stressed, adding if a commercial licence was sought at a future stage, “I would expect a public inquiry to be held”.

The granting of the licence by the Department of the Environment was criticised yesterday by conservationists and some local politicians. However, sections of the business community in Dún Laoghaire have welcomed the potential investment for the area.

An Taisce, one of the objectors to the plan, said it believed insufficient environmental assessments were carried out as part of the application. “This is the first time that a licence with potential major threats of pollution so close to the shoreline has been granted,” it said.

“Overall, the assessment of the potential impacts of this exploration and drilling licence were not adequately evaluated to ensure the protection of a number of species and habitats. The precautionary principle should have been applied until the concerns voiced by An Taisce and others were addressed.”

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the planned drill was too close to shore. He cited the example of Norway where “there is no drilling allowed within the foreshore”, or a distance of 25km from the coast.

Lobby group Protect Our Coast, which is planning to hold campaign meetings in the bay area in the coming weeks, said it was “shocked” by the decision, while the Green Party’s spokesman on planning, Tom Kivlehan, called on Mr Gilmore “to use his influence at Cabinet to set up a public inquiry into the proposed drilling”.

However, Don McManus, who chairs the Dún Laoghaire Business Association, said he believed “there is an awful lot of scaremongering” about the issue.

“I don’t think we have a right as citizens not to pursue this to the nth degree. It would be commercial suicide as a country to turn our backs on this at a time when we are importing fuel all the way from Russia.”

While the issue has sparked heated debate in the port town, and most of the 700 submissions made on the licence had been objections, Mr McManus said he had experienced “no backlash” over his stance. “We find some of the politicians utilise issues as a soap box and maybe would not have the heart and soul of the people at the core of their objections,” Mr McManus added.

Providence said it was now in the process of procuring a survey vessel that will map a seabed area of 3sq km. This process is due to take about 15 days.

The rig will then be built, allowing for exploratory drilling over 30-60 days. The precise scale of the rig has yet to be revealed but, based on international comparisons, it would be at least 200ft high.

The firm says drilling will reach a depth of 5,000-11,000ft, with the cuttings to be discharged at the seabed, something fishermen fear may disturb local habitats.

If oil or gas reserves are found, an application for a commercial licence will have to be made. While the company has not ruled out building a pipeline in that scenario, it may opt instead for shipping any reserves away by tanker.

Providence has in recent weeks spoken to local yacht clubs, scuba diving clubs and other community groups about its plans, and a spokesman said it remained “open to approaches” to discuss the project further. A 500m safety zone is to be set up around the rig.

Dalkey is one of six Irish locations being explored by Providence with partner companies as part of what it says is an investment of up to $500 million. The most advanced of these, Barryroe, off Co Cork, was identified earlier this year as commercially viable.
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Earlier today the Superior Court of Judicature granted NML Capital Limited, a commercial creditor of the Republic of Argentina, an injunction and interim preservation order against the sailing ship ARA Libertad, which arrived Monday at Tema port.
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The country's in massive debt, there's mass unemployment and with the potential for a wee gold mine off south Dublin, our tainiste and a state body seem more concerned about species and habitats.

These Eco warriors would want to cop the **** on and get their priorities in order. I'm not saying ignore the environmental concerns, but were hardly in a position to be able to afford the prioritising of a few birds and fish over jobs and economic growth

And more importantly, I'd ****ing love a job on a ship I could travel to on the dart
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Ireland 'close to oil billions'

By Andy Martin
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Barryroe off County Cork could yield 280m barrels, Providence says
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Providence Resources Plc, an Irish and UK company, has confirmed its Barryroe site, 30 miles off the Cork coast, should yield 280m barrels of oil.

The money generated will depend on the market value at the time of extraction and on licensing arrangements.

Providence chief executive Tony O'Reilly Jr said this was the beginning of an Irish oil industry.

He described it as a huge success story, following decades of exploration around the Irish coast.

"The great news today is that Barryroe is on a path towards development," he told BBC Northern Ireland's Good Morning Ulster.

Mr O'Reilly said more work needed to be done and issues such as taxation revenue, security of supply and jobs needed to be addressed.

But he said: "What we are announcing is the beginning of that (oil) industry.

"We hope there is a renaissance of interest by international companies who need to come to Ireland and help us to exploit our natural resources. We cannot do it alone."

Mr O'Reilly said the oil recovery rate at Barryroe had exceeded expectations and, with oil at about $100 per barrel (77 euros; £62.5) it offered "a lot of value".

He was also swift to reject critics' suggestions that Ireland would have little role in the industry and oil would not be landed there.

"We intend to utilise the structure of Ireland. We have been very clear in that regard. It makes good business sense for us. It is mad that we would take it elsewhere," he said.

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Providence intends to attract multi-national energy giants to "farm in" to its licence, which it bought from the Irish government for a nominal fee.

The company has already secured the expertise of the world's leading oil multi-national, Exxon Mobil, to explore its site at Drumquin.

However, campaigners have said that Ireland's relaxed laws with regard to its natural resources ought to be overhauled.

Ireland takes 25% of all profits, rising to 40% depending on the volume extracted.

Ireland's Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte concedes that the take is much lower than in the UK, or Norway, both of which have much greater resources of oil and gas.

But he says that the rate must remain attractive to foreign companies as Ireland does not have the expertise or revenue to exploit the reserves itself.

Others point out that all exploration costs can be off-set against any tax liable ones, and that a claim can go back as far as 25 years.

Providence is believed to have spent £0.5bn exploring Irish waters.

Campaigners like William Hederman, of, have warned that the oil from Barryroe may never be landed in Ireland, but instead taken for refinement to Europe or beyond, meaning fewer jobs on Irish soil.

And the Irish Green Party has also expressed reservations.

Environmental concerns
In July, its leader Eamon Ryan said he was wary of quoted figures over oil resources which had not yet been tested.

"Oil may be there but there is a limit on how much you can get out, and this is still only a tiny fraction of what would be used," he said.

"Like any drilling at sea, there are risks to it - the highest standards need to be applied."

The RSPB has also voiced concerns about any oil extraction around Rathlin Island, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area (SPA), which it argues are too important for wildlife to allow oil and gas exploration in the area.

It says the potential impact of oil drilling on Rathlin Island has not been fully explored.

Meanwhile, Providence says its intention is to take the oil to Cork, but that it is a decision that will be made on a commercial basis closer to the time of extraction.

Some 25% in revenue of what is potentially billions of pounds worth of oil will, however, be a huge boost to a country which has never successfully extracted a drop of oil in the past.
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Wile I accept nobody is listening to him, Why is Eamon Ryan still talking? Didn't the electorate tell him what they thought of his opinions?
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Opposition grows to drilling rig off south Dublin coast
Agree with the Dún Laoghaire Business Association guy, McManus about the amount of scaremongering about this, by mostly clueless idiots and quangos, absolutely amazing.
A single hole, probably be a jack up there for a few weeks, when done, only trace of him being there will be a few spud can marks on the seabed. As for discharging anything on the seabed, that stopped decades ago.

So close in if anything worthwhile developing there, would probably be developed/drilled out from the shore. That means jobs for the area.
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Francesco Schettino suing for unfair dismissal

What's a little matter of 32 lives and a massive great big cruiser between friends, eh??

Costa Concordia captain wants his job back
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia has launched legal action to get his job back, nine months after the luxury cruise liner capsized off the island of Giglio with the loss of 32 lives.
The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has said he was distracted by a phone conversation shortly before the cruise liner crashed into a reef off an Italian island and capsized, killing 32 people.
Captain Francesco Schettino of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia Photo: REX/AFP
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1:30PM BST 10 Oct 2012

Capt Francesco Schettino is also claiming back pay, after it emerged on Wednesday that he had been dismissed by Costa Cruises, the company that owns the Concordia, in July.

"Costa Crociere confirms that it has concluded the disciplinary procedure against Schettino, following the sinking of the Costa Concordia, ordering his dismissal," the company said in a statement.

The captain has claimed that he managed to save lives on the night of the disaster by steering the listing ship so that it sank in shallows off the coast of Giglio, rather than in open water. He has said that many more lives would have been lost on Jan 13 had he not made the manoeuvre as the ship began to take on water after a rocky shoal tore a massive rip in its hull.

He is expected to turn up in Grosseto in Tuscany on Monday for a court hearing at which he is expected to be sent to trial.

He has received special permission to leave his home town of Meta di Sorrento, near Naples, in order to attend the proceedings.

He could be charged with abandoning ship, contravening the laws of the sea and multiple counts of manslaughter.

The hearing, which is expected to last at least three days, will be held in a theatre auditorium because Grosseto’s court is too small to accommodate all the witnesses, experts and aggrieved parties in the case.

Valeria Montesarchio, the investigating judge, is expected to hear evidence extracted from the ship’s data recorder, as well as recorded conversations between Capt Schettino and the Italian Coast Guard as the tragedy unfolded.

In one memorable exchange, Gregorio De Falco, a Coast Guard officer, told the captain “Get back on board, for f***’s sake,” after it emerged that Schettino had left the vessel in a life boat before all the crew and passengers had been evacuated.

He reportedly claimed that he had accidentally “tripped” into the lifeboat, but then supervised the evacuation from dry land.

The phrase in Italian – “Vada a bordo, cazzo” – went viral on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites and was even printed on T-shirts.

Capt Schettino has been accused of sailing too close to Giglio, part of the Tuscan archipelago, in order to perform a ‘salute’ to an old friend and as a favour for a member of his crew.

Eight other people are being investigated for the debacle – five of the ship’s officers and three employees of the Genoa-based cruise company, including Roberto Ferrarini, the fleet crisis coordinator.
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No news story just yet, but Galway man retakes World Record for Longest Cold Water, saltwater dive with 13hours 04minutes. Was involved in this myself.
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Crew Stranded On Lifeboat In 18ft Waves

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Rescuers are unable to reach 17 crew members of HMS Bounty stranded on lifeboats near the eye of Hurricane Sandy.

The captain of the ship ordered all members to abandon ship after it lost power and the pumps were unable to keep up with the dewatering.

Rescuers reached the scene, 160 miles from the centre of the hurricane, after receiving a distress call.

US Coast Guard said: "The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

"The Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation and assess the weather conditions to determine the soonest Coast Guard aircraft or surface assets can be on scene to conduct effective rescue operations."

The ship is still floating upright and intact and the coast guard will assess whether it can be saved.

There are 40mph winds and 18ft waves reported at the scene, which is 90 miles southeast of Hatteras in North Carolina.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from the owner of the 180ft, three mast ship, saying she had lost communication with the vessel's crew late on Sunday evening.

An air crew arrived on the scene and regained contact with the ship after receiving a signal from the emergency position indicating beacon registered to the Bounty.

The current Bounty was built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando and has since appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

The original Bounty is known for the mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789.
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Latest word is 14 recovered by USCG Jayhawk Helicopters, but 2 crew still missing.
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Dramatic footage has emerged of a fishing boat rapidly sinking after it began taking on water in the Irish Sea.
Two fishermen from County Down were rescued by another vessel in the incident which was captured on camera by rescuers last Tuesday.
Bad weather had forced the Snowdonia to sail to Ardglass harbour but it was hit by a big wave.
"We just went up on a wave and the back of the boat went into the water and she just never came back - she just went down that quick," said captain Stephen Kearney.
As the ship sank, one man became entangled in a rope and was close to being dragged down by it.
The men were in the water for 10 minutes as strong tides kept pushing them away from the nearby Tribute.
Rescuers managed to drag them aboard, and they were eventually airlifted to hospital by the Irish coastguard.
Mr Kearney says he will return to the sea to continue fishing within a few weeks, and thanked the rescuers for saving their lives.
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Floatel Superior took in water and was listing in the Njord field at 03:40 this morning. Bad weather has hampered helicopters landing but evacuation is now underway
Video of evacuation in link (with obligatory advert beforehand )
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