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May 2011

Norfolk gas terminal explosion: Shell UK pleads guilty

By: 
Norwich Evening News

Shell UK admitted seven breaches of health and safety and environmental regulations following an explosion and fire at its Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk at a hearing today at Norwich Crown Court.

The gas blast at the terminal in Paston Road happened back in February 2008.

The case was not opened and has been adjourned for a full two day hearing and sentence on June 16 and 17.

Posted Date: 
5 May 2011

Shell's bog road torn up at Rossport Solidarity Camp weekend

By: 
Andrew Flood - WSM

The May bank holiday saw the annual Rossport Solidarity Camp gathering, this year across the road from the new Shell compound at Arghoos in Erris. As has become traditional the gathering combined a direct action with workshops and socializing. On the Sunday most of those present went to the launch of fisherman's Pat O'Donnell's new boat. There was a constant Garda presence around the camp throughout the weekend but despite the destruction of some 60m of Shell's bog road no arrests were made.

Posted Date: 
5 May 2011

Case against Shell to Sea protester adjourned until December

By: 
Anton McNulty - Mayo News

A DEFAMATION action brought against a prominent Shell to Sea protester by a garda sergeant based in north Mayo has been adjourned until December because the sergeant is ‘medically unfit’ to attend court.
The action brought by Sgt James Gill, who is based in Bangor Erris Garda Station, against fisherman and Shell to Sea campaigner Pat O’Donnell was due to be heard next Tuesday, May 10, at Castlebar Circuit Civil Court. Sgt Gill is seeking damages for slander and personal injury arising from words allegedly spoken by Mr O’Donnell.

Posted Date: 
5 May 2011

Corrib protesters criticise 'aggressive' gardaí

By: 
Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

CAMPAIGNERS OPPOSED to the Corrib gas pipeline in Mayo have claimed gardaí used unsafe methods to deal with a protester this week and that another protester was punched in the stomach at Belmullet Garda station.

Two residents say they witnessed what they describe as a “very dangerous” operation, where a female protester had her ankles bound together with cable and her hands handcuffed by gardaí on the roof of a tractor, before she was taken down from the vehicle.

Posted Date: 
5 May 2011

Shell work stopped as Gardaí continue to endanger campaigners

By: 
Shell to Sea

Yesterday 4 campaigners were arrested as work was stopped at Shell's compound in Aughoose for over 7 hours. In a damning sequence of events, Gardaí continue to use inappropriate and unsafe methods to police the protests.

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Posted Date: 
4 May 2011

Ongoing 'lock-on' stopping all work at Shell compound

News Release - Issued by Shell to Sea
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

ONGOING 'LOCK-ON' STOPPING ALL WORK AT SHELL COMPOUND

-- Mass trespass on Saturday dismantled roadway inside compound --

11:30am: An ongoing “lock-on” by campaigners has blocked work at Shell’s tunnelling compound at Aughoose in north Mayo since 7am this morning (Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011). The lock-on is a follow-on from a mass trespass action last Saturday which removed equipment within the compound.

Rabbitte accepts dogmatic departmental line on offshore exploration policy

By: 
Colm Rapple - Irish Mail On Sunday

The permanent government is alive and well in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. The new minister, Pat Rabbitte has taken his brief well from his department chiefs who have been described by former minister Éamon O Cuiv as very dogmatic on the issue of our offshore resources. He repeated the Department’s long standing line in the Dáil this week in response to an opposition motion calling for a reassessment of policy with regard to the exploitation of both our offshore and onshore hydrocarbon resources.

Posted Date: 
3 May 2011

The media and the Garda rape remarks

By: 
WSM

The media narrative regarding the Corrib Garda rape remarks played out with sickening predictability. Sticking as closely as possible to the Garda Press Office line, the news media decided that this was an isolated incident: yes, it was inappropriate for Gardaí to joke about raping captive women, but the matter is under investigation, and anyway it's all just a bit of private banter between colleagues. No need for a wider discussion about societal attitudes towards women, or about the militarised policing of political protest in North Mayo and elsewhere.

Posted Date: 
3 May 2011

Controversial film on Corrib Gas pipeline tours the U.S.

By: 
Emigrant Online

Risteard O’Domhnaill’s stunning new documentary, The Pipe, which recently wowed audiences at Boston’s Irish Film Festival, is currently taking in a tour of selected U.S. cities, with upcoming screenings in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Posted Date: 
3 May 2011

Work to begin on Corrib link to terminal

By: 
Nicola Cooke - Sunday Business Post

Work is to begin in six weeks on the construction of a tunnel that will connect the offshore pipeline of the Corrib gas field to the Shell terminal in north Mayo.

Shell is currently obtaining the pre-commencement conditions required from Mayo County Council and three government departments. The company must specify the work it intends to carry out in the Belmullet area and the resulting environmental impact.

Posted Date: 
2 May 2011