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Corrib jobs announced as Nigerian environmentalist speaks in Glenamoy

21 Aug 2012

The Mayo News

Áine Ryan

AS Shell announces ten long-term jobs for the controversial Corrib gas project, an environmentalist has warned that government ministers 'should not be allowed to sacrifice the environment on the altar of corporate greed'.
The ten trainee Production Operations and Maintenance Technicians will ultimately form part of the Corrib team running the refinery at Bellanaboy when the project is completed.
"These will be full-time jobs at the Bellanaboy Bridge terminal, with full industry-specific training provided to the ten that are chosen," said Michael Crothers, Shell E&P Ireland's MD.
He continued: "Jobs like these are one of the greatest long-term benefits of the project and I would particularly encourage members of the local community with an interest in this work to get their applications in ahead of the closing date on August 31."
Meanwhile, a leading Nigerian human rights activist told a public meeting in Glenamoy at the weekend that, in his experience, an 'unwillingness to have dialogue with local communities' had contributed to many conflicts between oil and gas companies and local communities. The public meeting was organised by Afri - Action from Ireland.
"This struggle over the gas pipeline has been going on for a decade and the harassment of local activities is globally known. I'm focussing on what communities are struggling on and standing with people confronting impunity," said Nnimmo Bassey, who leads Friends of the Earth International.

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