Stein Bredal, a former member of the board of the Norwegian Company which is a partner in the controversial Corrib scheme said, according to the Irish Times:
- Oil and gas companies tended to act totally on behalf of shareholders and were in a position to hire the best legal expertise, and were also able to hire journalists to work for them.
- A common public relations strategy was to present critics of projects or project methodology as “crazies or fundamentalists”, he said.
- The Government should never have permitted construction of the gas infrastructure in the current location
- When oil was first found in the North Sea, Norway was “very lucky to have had some strong politicians who planned for the future”, and ensured that the Norwegian state built up expertise in the oil and gas industry, took a 78 per cent tax stake, and ran a state company
- the appointment of a new ombudsman trusted by “all stakeholders” may be the only route to resolution of the Corrib gas dispute in north Mayo
- Minister of State for Natural Resources Conor Lenihan was “naive” to state that a BP Gulf of Mexico-type incident could not happen in Irish waters.
Appointment of ombudsman to Corrib gas advised - The Irish Times - Mon, Jul 12, 2010