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Final stage of Corrib pipeline approved

An Bord Pleanála has approved an application for the final section of the Corrib pipeline.

A truck leaves the Corrib gas terminal site in Bellanboy, Co Mayo.
A truck leaves the Corrib gas terminal site in Bellanboy, Co Mayo.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

THE FINAL SECTION of the controversial Corrib pipeline has received approval from An Bord Pleanála today.

The application approved was the third such proposal to be submitted to the board within 15 years; the new approved route concerns the final section pipeline running through the north Mayo site. The new route will include an undersea tunnel going through Sruwaddacon Bay – which has been altered in response to concerns raised by residents who did not wish for the pipeline to run near their homes, RTÉ reports.

The new route will see the pipeline link up the landfall at Glenglad with the processing plant at Bellanaboy.

Local campaigners have protested against the project for many years, citing concerns over the potential health, safety and environmental dangers posed by the pipeline. Shell E&P Ireland, which operates the projective, has said that the pipeline poses no danger.

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