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Sabotage Against Shell’s Pipeline in Erris, Ireland

23 Jun

by Andrew Flood / Glyko Symoritis

Shell-HellYesterday morning around 50 Shell to Sea campaigners kicked off the Week of Action against Shell’s experimental high pressure gas pipe in Erris by tearing up the bog road Shell has laid as part of its attempt to finish the pipeline.  They also destroyed the sandbag dam that Shell were attempting to build across part of the estuary in order to be able to work on the pipeline route regardless of the tides.  This was accomplished in full view of about 15 security from IRMS – the security company hired by Shell to repress protest.

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Campaigners continue to block Shell in Ireland despite heavy fines

8 Mar

Rossport resisters in front of the courthouse last month

All Shell haulage stopped from 7.30am today by civil disobedience in County Mayo

This morning at 7.30am two campaigners locked themselves to a concrete barrel in the middle of the road near Shell’s main construction site for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline at Aughoose, Co. Mayo. Nineteen campaigners were sentenced and fined a total of 8350 euro for similar actions in a special sitting of Belmullet District Court two weeks ago.

Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway was given two 3 month prison sentences for a similar lock-on actions in 2011, and is currently out on bail pending an appeal to the circuit court.

Spokesperson for Rossport Solidarity Camp Roisin Ní Fhaoilean said, “Despite attempts to break resistance to the Corrib gas project with heavy sentences and fines, blockading of Shell’s haulage is continuing. These actions are intended to halt the Corrib gas project Continue reading

Irish protestors block Shell pipeline construction two days in a row

12 Jan


Activists with Shell to Sea rolled out their first wave of actions in the new year to disrupt construction of Shell’s natural gas pipeline in Mayo County, Ireland. The action started on January 7 with protestors waiting along the highway used to access the construction site. As trucks carrying gravel approached, the activist jumped in front of them to stop them. This was done several times until enough police arrived on the scene to arrest 3 of the protestors.

The following day activists were able to intercept a specialized tree cutting machine being used to clear the route for the pipeline. One person was able to climb on top of the machine and lock himself to it. It took three and a half hours for the cops to cut him free, all the while the entire road was blocked which prevented other construction equipment from getting to the site!



Commenting on the latest protests, Rossport Solidarity Camp spokesperson Con Coughlan stated, “This is the first disruption to Shell’s plans to lay the onshore pipeline this year but it most certainly won’t be the last. We call on everyone who is sick of the way that our democracy has been taken away from us because of unchecked corporate power, to come and support this community in their struggle to have a say what happens in their area.”

The pipeline is part of the Corrib Gas Project which seeks to bring gas from offshore wells to a refinery 9km inland. The pipeline route cuts through the community of Rossport where there is widespread opposition to the project. Direct action resistance to the pipeline construction began in 2005.

Rossport Solidarity Camp is calling for support in advance of this coming Friday the 13th of January. Friday is the first Day of Solidarity of the new year, when people from around Ireland are invited to join the protests for a day to show their support for the ongoing resistance to the Corrib Gas Project.

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Rossport Solidarity Camp celebrating a decade of resistance to Shell in Ireland

25 May

By Earth First! Journal

Shell's bog road torn up at Rossport Solidarity Camp earlier this month.

For a decade, local residents of Rossport and international solidarity activists have been fighting and organizing against a disastrous proposal by Shell, the Corrib gas project (Irish: Ghás Aiceanta na Coiribe), which entails the extraction of a natural gas deposit off the northwest coast of Ireland. The project includes a development of the Corrib gas field, and constructions of the natural gas pipeline through Rossport and a nearby gas processing plant.

To mark a decade of opposition, The Party against The Pipe, is being held over the June 4-6th weekend. The festival will take place at Aughoose and will feature an eclectic mix of music, circus performance, children’s activities and free camping.

At an international solidarity event in County Mayo yesterday, May 24, 2011, entitled From Bhopal to Rossport, local Mary Corduff said residents were made criminals in their own land. “The struggle in Rossport goes on, with the section of the project left to be completed the hardest for Shell, but also the hardest for us. The struggle has had some successes however, as originally Shell had planned to have gas in the pipeline by 2003.”

Gary Whitedear of the Choctaw Nation spoke, reminding the community event of the solidarity between the Choctaw and the people of Ireland, which began in 1847 when the Choctaw Nation sent $170 in famine relief to Ireland, and was renewed in 2008 when they sent a small monetary donation to the struggle against Shell. The event also heard from activists in Guatemala and from the campaign for justice in Bhopal, India.

The actions against Shell in Rossport show no sign of letting up. On May 17, protesters who have been involved in a series of actions in northwest Mayo, blocked access to the Corrib Natural Gas building in Belmullet to mark the Royal Dutch Shell Annual General meeting in The Hague and London. They also damaged Shell fencing at the Aughoose site on the previous Saturday, where preparatory work has started for the sub-sea tunnel under the Sruwaddacon estuary.

Earlier this month, Shell’s bog road was torn up at Rossport Solidarity Camp. A full report, with video can be seen here.

Resistance in Rossport hits the big screen

A new film, The Pipe, has been touring the world, and has thus far won the Irish Film and Television Awards, the Celtic Media Festival, CIRCOM (association of European Regional Broadcasters, Galway International Film Fleadh (best doc), Foyle film Festival (best doc), Boston Irish Film Festival (best doc), Wurzburg Film Festival & Arizona Film Festival (best doc), International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (honorable mention)

Another recent film on the Rossport struggle, Pipe Down, is available for free streaming on line. Pipe Down, won Best Feature Documentary at the Waterford Film Festival 2009.

Both films tell the story of the rural community in County Mayo, who have been battling the oil giant Shell over their plans to put a  raw gas pipeline through the community and complete construction of a gas processing terminal that is a threat to their delicate environment.


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