"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.”
Gardaí in north Mayo arrested two people, following a “lock-on” protest near the Corrib gas project work site today.
A Garda spokesman said that a man and a woman “not from the area” were arrested for public order-related offences and brought to Belmullet Garda Station.
They were both charged and released on bail and are due to appear at Belmullet district court next month.
The Rossport Solidarity Camp Shell said that the “lock-on” action, where two campaigners against the Corrib gas project attached themselves to a device on the road at Aughoose, Co Mayo, aimed to “highlight the recent gas leak in the North Sea, which remains uncontained and has caused partial evacuation of rigs there, including those belonging to Shell”.
“It merely vindicates the long standing concerns of locals around Sruwaddacon Bay that Shell’s plans are a risk to their safety and to the environment,”the camp said in a statement.
It claimed that haulage traffic for the Corrib gas project was disrupted for almost six hours during today’s (tues) action.