Shell says sorry over pipeline 5.
SHELL yesterday apologised for the trauma inflicted on the Rossport Five during the Corrib gas pipe controversy.
The energy giant admitted mistakes had been made as it agreed to meet all recommendations in a report to allay fears over safety.
Andy Pyle, managing director of Shell E&P Ireland, said the company would adhere to all restrictions on pumping unprocessed gas to the refinery in North Mayo.
He added: "We regret the part that we played in the jailing of the five men last summer. For the hurt that this caused the local community I am sorry.
"We cannot change the past but we have learned from it."
But Sinn Fein said the report, by Government-hired consultants Advantica, had been "smothered in spin" by Shell and the Government.
Caoimhghin O Caolain TD said the reports will form the basis of a campaign to undermine opposition to the project.
He added: "I do not believe that this will work. It will not work for the simple reason that the majority of people in this country know when they are being sold a pup."
Pressure in the 9km onshore section of the pipeline must be limited to allay safety fears, the report said yesterday.
Insisting the risk of leaks and explosions were minimal, Advantica however called for stringent monitoring, both during construction and when it is up and running.
Minister for Natural Resources Noel Dempsey said he expected Shell to comply with the report.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 5, 2006|
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