LNG COURT CASE WITHDRAWN
The judicial review of the proposed Shannon LNG terminal ended after Justice John McMenamin.- who jailed the Rossport Five - made it clear that if the case was not withdrawn it faced certain failure.
The case tried to highlight the fact that unpopular large projects like Shell's on-shore gas terminal, the Clare Explosives factory [with an oral hearing next week], and the Kerry liquid natural gas terminal are being sited in or beside areas designated for nature protection without ever examining the worst-case scenarios.
There are rarely environmental problems with these installations when they are operating normally. It is only when you have a major emergency that major impacts arise. There is a black hole in the planning process for this and other similar installations.