Irish Examiner: Corrib Controversy - Gas Flow Not the End of Community’s Struggle
During some of the winter nights, the flames lit the night sky, throwing an orange glow over the surrounding countryside. The Corduffs could see it from their kitchen window.
Willie Corduff likens the accompanying sound to that of a burning stove. “It could go up to God knows what height at first,” he says, “then it burns down, like a candle light.”
One old saying has it that “it’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness”, but in this case, Willie and Mary Corduff would disagree. The flaming began in November and ran through into January, marking another milestone for the controversial Corrib Gas project. The 40m-tall stack which shot out the flames is just across Sruwaddacon Bay, opposite the Corduffs’ house and farm shed, as the crow flies. The flaring was part of the testing process for the plant, ahead of first gas coming ashore from the Corrib field.
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