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Press Release: Day of action brings construction of Corrib pipeline compound to a halt

PRESS RELEASE - 29/July/2011
Day of action brings construction of Corrib pipeline compound to a halt

- Campaigners travel from all over Ireland for national day of action -
- All work on compound halted for the day -

This morning, 29th of July 2011, campaigners from all over Ireland successfully stopped peat work on the proposed Shell tunneling compound at Aughoose, Erris. Co. Mayo.  During an ongoing protest they removed fences surrounding the compound and occupied the site for two hours.

The protest started at 9am with the removal of fences erected at the compound and many campaigners entering the site.  One campaigner was injured by Shell's security company IRMS when doing so and subsequently required stitches to close a head wound.    Protests are continuing at the site with one arrest being reported.

"The solidarity of the 100 Shell to Sea campaigners who gathered from across Ireland today and successfully halted construction demonstrates the ongoing deep unhappiness with the terms of the Great Oil & Gas Giveaway." said Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington.

"Shell has continued to ignore the community's concerns about the health and safety of the high pressure raw gas pipeline.  The imposition of the pipeline on the community today required the deployment of dozens of IRMS private security supported by a substantial number of Garda."

Shell to Sea continues to resist Shell's Corrib project as dangerous for the people of Erris and  damaging to the country's long-term interests.


Maura Harrington            087 9591474  
Terence Conway             086 0866264     
The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:
1) That any exploitation of the Corrib gas field be done in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.
2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland’s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.
3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell’s proposed inland refinery.
*This figure is based on the estimate, issued by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) in 2006, that the amount of recoverable oil and gas in the Rockall and Porcupine basins, off Ireland’s west coast, is 10 BBOE (billion barrels of oil equivalent). Based on the average price of a barrel of oil for 2010 of $79, this works out at $790 billion, or €580 billion. This does not take account of further oil and gas reserves off Ireland’s south & east coasts or inland. The total volume of oil and gas which rightfully belongs to Ireland could be significantly higher. Also, as the global price of oil rises in the coming years, the value of these Irish natural resources will rise further.