"Kilcolgan Residents Association", representing nearby residents of the
proposed LNG regasification terminal and people with close family and
economic ties to the area, was set up in 2006 in response to the news
that Hess Corporation ( under its new subsidiary "Shannon LNG")
was planning an LNG regasification terminal in the rural area of
Kilcolgan, which lies between the two north Kerry villages of Tarbert
and Ballylongford on the southern shores of the Shannon Estuary in the
South West of Ireland.
local residents were bombarded by a slick marketing campaign from
Shannon LNG employees who were loudly supported by the state-controlled
"Shannon Development" company, which owned the site, along with some
well-canvassed local politicans and people from the neighbouring
villages (some of whom had been taken by Shannon LNG on an all-expenses
holiday to visit LNG terminals in Zeebrugge and Barcelona).
Shannon LNG stated in their local newsletter that "natural gas is the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel" and that if there was an LNG tanker leak "this gas would quickly dissipate because it is lighter than air"
as the local residents informed themselves on the risks and dangers of
LNG they were horrified that such a one-sided view of the proposed LNG
project was being portrayed both by the developer, the landowner
"Shannon Development" and by well-groomed local politicans and they
felt sold out.
basically told not to stop hundreds of jobs coming to the area (albeit
short-term construction jobs with only 50 long-term jobs at the end of
the day), most locals said they could understand the logic of
attempting to build a terminal on the nearby state-owned land if it was
really in the overriding national interest and there was no alternative
site available. However, it quickly became apparent that the siting
decision was a developer-led project based on the availability of land
in the area and undeveloped deep-water (which was supposed to be
reserved for the eventual construction of a deep-water Transhipment Hub
in the Shannon Estuary) without any strategic assessments and that
absolutely no consideration was given to the safety risks for the local
population. When it was learned that people within 3 miles of an LNG
plant were in danger if an accident were to occur, they were told
by Shannon LNG that there was no need to worry about the
consequences of an accident because the chances of an accident were
representative sample of 57 adults signed the detailed group submission
by the "Kilcolgan Residents Association" recommending complete
rejection of the planning application by Shannon LNG due to, among
other things, safety, environmental, economic and residential amenity
it quickly became apparent that the proposed LNG terminal, the most
sizeable hazard in Ireland, was not just a local issue but a national
one the ‘Safety Before LNG’ group representing people from both
Kilcolgan and the wider community was set up.
"Safety Before LNG" is advocating responsible strategic siting of LNG terminals in areas which do not put people’s health and safety in danger.
has received support from former local Member of the European Parliament,
M.E.P. Ms. Kathy Sinnott, environmental lobby group “Friends of the
Irish Environment” (a network of conservationists and environmentalists
committed to protecting Ireland's environment by lobbying for strict
implementation of EU law in Ireland), actor Pierce Brosnan along with
his wife Keely and the California Coastal Protection Network (a
non-profit environmental advocacy organisation based in the United
States and one of the top experts on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the
United States, which undertook the successful campaign to stop the
largest mining company in the world, BHP Billiton, from building a
massive offshore LNG import terminal off the California Coast).
Before LNG' has received well-informed scientific first-hand
information from numerous safety experts such as world-renowned LNG
expert Dr. Jerry Havens from Arkansas and New-Zealand-based energy
analyst Steve Goldthorpe and gas safety expert Peter North from Cork.
group's aim with this website is to provide a resource of information
on the strategy used to develop an LNG terminal so that other
communities are aware of the template used to flout social
responsiblity both by large corporations such as Hess and by government
statutory bodies alike.
We hope that the inforrmation contained herein proves useful and we welcome your feedback.