Protesters arrested at Shell Corrib Gas Pipeline landfall
By John Donovan of RoyalDutchShellPlc.com
22 July 2008
Shell to Sea protesters, John Monaghan & Naoise O’Mongain, have been arrested at Glengad, the landfall area of the Corrib pipeline, for refusing to allow Shell to continue with the work.
The protesters are questioning the consents/authority/permission for Shell to proceed with landfall construction work at this time, claiming that the ‘new pipeline route’ still awaits planning permission.
According to the Shell to Sea Campaign, neither Shell, The Dept. Marine, National Parks & Wildlife Service, or Garda Siochana can or will say what permission exists for this work to be happening at this time.
More locals are reportedly being threatened with arrest at the cliff face landfall, but are standing their ground.
The Shell Corrib Gas Pipeline Project has been plagued by protests from the outset with the so called “Rossport 5″ being jailed for over 100 days at the behest of the oil giant Shell after the five landowners objected to the potentially dangerous pipeline being laid across their land.
In an unsuccessful bid to calm an increasingly heated situation, Shell apologised to the imprisoned men for its ruthless approach to an ill fated project which was given the go ahead some years, in dubious circumstances, by Irish politicians tainted by corruption.
In a related development, an Irish Priest has accused Shell of engaging in surveillance operations amounting to intimidation and harassment, as reported today in The Mayo News.