NEW routes unveiled yesterday for the controversial Corrib gas pipeline in north Co Mayo will avoid more houses than under the original plan.
Shell said the new routes are variations on the two previously shortlisted options for bringing gas ashore in Co Mayo.
One would limit the distance the pipeline crosses unspoiled bogland in Rossport, while the other would mean a shorter route through Sruwaddacon Bay.
Both are further away from housing than the original proposal.
The project, which promises to generate 60pc of Ireland's gas supply for the next 20 years, has been dogged by massive delays, objections protests and clashes with gardai.
Interested parties have until January 18 to make submissions on the new routes
RPS, the consultants appointed by Shell E&P Ireland Limited (SEPIL) to facilitate the identification of a new pipeline route for the Corrib gas project, said the two new routes (corridors A1 and C1 on the map) are variations of two of the previously short-listed corridors.
They were identified following further technical and environmental studies as well as feedback from the public consultation process.
Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent