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June 2010

Éirígí slam latest jailing of Shell to Sea activist Maura Harrington

Shell to Sea and Human Rights activist Maura Harrington was arrested earlier today (Friday June 25) as she left a funeral in Doohama, Co Mayo. She was detained for non-payment of fines relating to her involvement in protests against Shell's planned pipeline and the giveaway of our natural resources.

Maura Harrington, opponent of Shell, jailed

Maura was released from Mountjoy this morning at 11am.   She served 4 days in jail after refusing to pay a 200 euro fine.


--- Jailing comes as Shell prepare to start destructive borehole drilling ---


Maura Harrington was today jailed for non-payment of fines relating to protests against Shell's disastrous Corrib Gas project. She is currently en route to Mountjoy Prison. Mrs Harrington is now the third opponent of Shell in jail, following Pat O'Donnell and Niall Harnett. This is the fifth time Mrs Harrington has been jailed in the last 18 months, and comes as Shell have sent letters to residents of the local area, warning them of the start of drilling works in Sruwaddacon Estuary beginning 'in the coming days'.

From Louisiana to Mayo: the Candyman cometh

Michael McCaughan - Village Magazine

US INTERIOR MINISTER, Ken Salazar, promised more rigorous regulation of oil and gas leasing last January after acknowledging that the petroleum industry called his office “the candy store” for its surrender to corporate energy interests.  “Whatever they wanted to happen, happened”, said Salazar.

Roof protest links Louisiana to Rossport

Press release

Campaigners hung a banner reading “Energy shouldn't cost the earth” from the roof of Shell offices in Belmullet this morning at 8am, as well as holding banners in front of the entrances. The action closed the offices until the early afternoon. The protest connected the environmental disaster suffered by the fishermen & people of Louisiana with the threat faced by the fishermen and people of Erris. In particular the protest was in solidarity with Pat O'Donnell who has been jailed for his courageous defense of the seas and his livelihood.

Shell drilling for more gas off Erris

Marian Harrison - Western People

SHELL and its Corrib Gas partners are drilling for more gas off the Mayo coast.

The company has confirmed to the Western People that a rig has arrived 8km north of the Corrib well and may yield additional gas reserves by the end of September.

“Shell E&P Ireland can confirm that it is drilling an exploration well on block 18/20-G in accordance with the terms and conditions of Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 3/94,” said a spokesperson for the company.

Government approves scandalous give away of Ireland’s remaining offshore prospects

Colm Rapple - Irish Mail on Sunday

On a conservative estimate there could be 10 billion barrels of oil, or the equivalent in natural gas,  under the seabed off the west coast of Ireland. That’s about enough to supply all of our needs for a hundred years. But junior minister Conor Lenihan is intent on giving it away. Oil companies already have rights to some of the most promising areas off the west coast.

Concerns Raised Over Onshore Prospecting For Natural Gas In Clare

Katrina Doyle - The Clare Herald

A Sligo-based activist Gerry Casey has slammed the Fianna Fáil/Green party coalition for inviting applications for licences to carry out onshore prospecting for natural gas in the north-west and south-west, including County Clare.

Eirígí activist Gerry Casey also highlighted the potential for disputes similar to that ongoing in the Rossport area of north Mayo if they proceed as under current arrangements.

You can't trust Big Oil

Eithne Tynan - Sunday Tribune

"You can't trust Big Oil. The only way to ensure careful management of scarce natural resources is to keep them in state control. Anything else is treason"

It's two months to the day since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles off Louisiana, and blame has been spreading farther and faster than a tonne of light crude at room temperature. Blame has become so tradable, it ought to get its own listing on the commodities market. America blamed the British, which really stung. "It's not British Petroleum, it's Beyond Petroleum," cried our neighbour plaintively, and even perceptively, since this disaster has gone so far beyond petroleum that oil is now definitely too small a word for it.

Shell’s Corrib bill to hit €2.5bn

Mark Paul - The Sunday Times

Accounts reveal spiralling costs of the Mayo pipeline project hit by planning delays and environmental protests

The cost of developing Shell E&P Ireland’s controversial Corrib gas field off the coast of Rossport in Co Mayo could reach up to €2.5 billion, according to well placed sources.

The project, which has been marred by years of protests and planning delays over the location of its onshore pipeline route and a refinery, had racked up costs of €1.5 billion by the end of 2008.

How Governments should deal with oil companies !!

Rachel Maddow - MSNBC

Fake President Maddow's Oval-Office-in-her-own-head address

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