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Irish Times: Shell to Sea says poll findings support its campaign

Shell to Sea says poll findings support its campaign
Lorna Siggins, Marine Correspondent
Irish Times; May 23, 200

Political and business interests advocating progress on the current plans for Corrib Shell gas project are in the “minority” as a result of yesterday’s Irish Times /tns mrbi opinion poll findings, the Shell to Sea campaign has said.

The poll’s findings on the Corrib gas onshore pipeline give “the lie” to the claim that opponents of the high pressure onshore pipeline are in the minority, Dr Mark Garavan, Shell to Sea campaign spokesman, said yesterday. Shell E&P Ireland said it was “pleased that the majority of those surveyed want the Corrib project to go ahead”.

The poll conducted by The Irish Times / tns mrbi nationally early last week focused on the pipeline, rather than the entire project. It asked if the pipeline should go ahead on its current planned route, should be re-routed or should be scrapped. Only 20 per cent felt it should proceed on its planned route through Rossport to the onshore terminal at Bellanaboy in north Mayo; 44 per cent said it should take a different route, while 17 per cent said it should be scrapped. Dr Garavan said that in Connacht, “63 per cent support a reconfiguring of the project”.

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