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Press Release: Shell to Sea campaigners injured during day of action but all work halted

PRESS RELEASE - 29/July/2011

Shell to Sea campaigners injured during day of action but all work halted

All work at the Shell compound in Aughoose, Erris. Co. Mayo was halted today 29 July 2011.  But four campaigners were injured during the successful day of action. One women thrown from the fence to the road suffered a serious head injury.

The four injured were
- The woman thrown from the fence onto the road who appeared to be suffering from a serious concussion and who has now been transferred from Belmullet to Castlebar hospital.
- A man punched in the face who was subsequently unable to open his eye and who was taken to Belmullet hospital.
- A man punched in the face whose split lip required four stitches and who has been told to visit a dentist because of his loosened teeth.
- A man whose head was seriously cut requiring stitches to close the wound.

"The injuries inflicted today indicate an expectation of impunity on the part of those assaulting Shell to Sea campaigners. It is clear that individual Garda and private security personnel feel confident that serious assaults on campaigners will not lead to them being prosecuted. The level of violence we have seen today against Shell to Sea campaigners engaged in civil disobedience is confirmation of how little has changed in the policing of the Corrib project" said Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway.


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.