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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #90 - Rossport - Go west (and make Shell go offshore) by Finbar Dwyer

Date Tue, 28 Mar 2006 08:25:05 +0200


News from anti-pipeline struggle in Ireland
Though the issue of the Rossport pipeline was last in the news
when the the five local men were released from prison, the conflict
with Shell hasn't gone away. Since then the government
commissioned a report, which essentially whitewashed Shell and
gave the go ahead to build this dangerous pipeline
The people of Rossport, however, are not lying down in the face of
either the multinational or government. Last summer they stopped
Shell from carrying out pipeline work. This summer the plan is the
same. Safety is not negotiable.

Five years ago when Shell decided to push ahead with this pipeline it
was clear it wasn't safe. Five years later, government reports or
bullying a small community will not change this fact. It wasn't safe
then and it isn't safe now.

Beyond safety, the Shell is ripping us off. Five years ago Shell got the
deal of a century when our esteemed leaders gave them the entire
gas field and then paid them to build the refinery by giving them
massive tax breaks on all their construction work. If it was a rip-off
then, it's still a rip-off now.
Shell are aware that they face a very strong campaign and so have
been sending out fancy leaflets all across Mayo telling people how
safe the pipeline is. They are getting ready for a big push to have it
built this spring.

The local Campaign is also preparing too. Last autumn a delegation
went to Norway to successfully publicise the complicity of Statoil,
who own the second largest stake in the field.

At the moment there are several people preparing a camp site in
Mayo to facilitate people who want to go and show solidarity. The
camp is opening on February 25th and is for all interested in
showing solidarity with the people of Rossport.

In this sparsely populated area the campers will help with the
continuous picket which makes sure that Shell don't start their
pipelaying. If you have a few days to spare, come to Mayo and help
with the blockades. If you can't get to Mayo, you can get in touch
with your local 'Shell to Sea' group.

For more information about the camp contact Bob 0863201612.
http:// www.shelltosea.com

From the WSM anarchist federation Journal Workers Solidarity 90 Jan/Feb 2005
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