"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
Press statement: Kilcommon Community complains to Mayo County Council about Corrib Gas Project construction and haulage works.
[Shell to Sea] The 7 page community complaint can be read here.
On Tuesday , 27th March 2011 a group of residents from the direct vicinity of the Shell construction sites in Glengad and Aughoose and the connecting rural road L1202 handed 104 letters of complaints, signed by 112 persons into Mayo County Council’s Office in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
These letters and signatures were also sent to all political parties, ministers , councillors, the Garda Siochana, the Private Security Authority, and several environmental and human rights organisations.
In 2008 a similar number of residents objected strongly to Mayo CountyCouncil’s plans to transform this small, scenic road into a haulage road for Shell’s construction traffic. This represents the majority of directly affected households.
“We were totally ignored or at best treated with contempt by Mayo CC’s personnel and the road works were forced on us.“ says local resident Niall King.
“Now we face a daily scenario of convoys of very heavy Lorries, SUVs, vans with blacked out windows, police vehicles, all sorts of construction traffic. The noise of huge construction machinery and bright halogen lights from the construction sites never cease. We are under constant surveillance from police and Shell’s private army. Our road is not safe to walk or cycle or drive on any longer, our villages are under siege, by day and by night.” says Gerry Bourke from Leenamore.
“The vast majority of residents objected to this project years ago and the vast majority is now calling for an immediate halt to this madness. Shell’s so called community investments have not changed anything. Streetlights and Christmas hampers and a few metres of footpath or stonewalls here and there do not fool people about the real impact this project has on our daily lives “says Sean Mc Andrew from Glengad.
Contact: Eamonn Murphy, Glengad, Ballina, Co. Mayo.
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