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Controversial pipeline 'for sale' on eBay

The battle to stop energy giant Shell building a controversial gas pipeline on the Mayo coast took a bizarre new twist today with a section of the pipe posted for sale on auction website eBay.The ad offers 3km (1.8 miles) of large, slightly rusty, welded steel pipe to the highest bidder, with another 6km (3.7 miles) if anyone wants it. One buyer has offered €1.50.The seller claims the pipe is intended to carry raw, odourless, untreated gas from beneath the Atlantic Ocean to a residential area on Ireland’s beautiful and historic north west coast.Listed as an Experimental Gas Pipeline, bidders have another nine and a half days to snap up the bargain.The advert states: “The people of Ireland have reacted a bit preciously to the idea of a few of them being blown up while Shell make a lot of money taking their natural resources, heaven knows why.“We cannot deliver the pipeline due to our trucks not being very good on these country roads, maybe someone could pick it up by helicopter -and us too.”Five men spent 94 days in jail during the summer over their protests against the pipeline. A review of the entire project is under way.

Posted Date: 
17 October 2005 - 6:12pm