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May 2010

Slick Operator: The BP I've Known Too Well

Greg Palast - Truthout

I've seen this movie before. In 1989, I was a fraud investigator hired to dig into the cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Despite Exxon's name on that boat, I found the party most to blame for the destruction was ... British Petroleum (BP).

That's important to know, because the way BP caused devastation in Alaska is exactly the way BP is now sliming the entire Gulf Coast.

We are all indebted to the Mayo gas protesters

Miriam Cotton - Letters to The Examiner

YOUR editorial (April 28) began well, but quickly deteriorated into the usual inaccurate and criminalising caricature of the protest by people against Shell in Co Mayo.

The Jailing of Niall Harnett

Eoin O L - Indymedia

On the 21st April in Ballina Circuit Court, Shell to Sea campaigner Niall Harnett was sentenced to 6 months in jail, for an assault on Garda Hugh Egan on Glengad beach. Defence barrister Leo Mulrooney summed it up, without correction from the judge, that the incident was “as close to a technical offence as possible”. Essentially Niall Harnett was found guilty of assault of a Garda for putting his hand on Garda Egan while Garda Egan was pulling out of a fellow protestor (myself), whose leg was caught on Shell’s illegally constructed fencing.

Shell propaganda is unacceptable

Letter to the Editor, The Western People

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sir, As an observer of the ongoing Corrib gas controversy from the relatively safe distance of some fifteen kilometres or so (as the crows flies), I have been bombarded by Shell's propaganda for many months now, and recently-in an unmarked envelope – the latest piece entitled ‘Community Update: March 2010’

Corrib field offers no energy security

Donal O'Leary - Letters to The Examiner

YOUR report headlined ‘FG calls on Government to increase gas storage’ (April 14) quotes a spokesman for the Department of Energy as saying "the development of the Corrib Gas field would also provide a new source of gas supply which could meet up to 60% of our annual demand in its early years of operation".

State Repression Continues in Mayo

Sean Mallory - WSM

Local Mayo fisherman, Pat O Donnell, was sentenced to seven months in Castlerea prison in March for his role in campaigning against the Corrib gas pipeline and the corrupt deal that has given Shell access to Ireland’s gas fields. He has been consistently targeted by Shell and the Gardai, being falsely arrested on two occasions when Shell has attempted to carry out works in Mayo.

New Corrib route to be submitted soon, as IRMS rejects report findings

Áine Ryan - Mayo News

PROPOSALS for an alternative route for the Corrib gas project are due to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála by the end of this month, according to Shell. The Mayo News understands that the new route through Sruwaddaccon Bay will involve the construction of a large tunnel five metres under the seabed.

International Call to Action to Save Ireland’s People and Environment from Shell Oil

Andy Storey, of Action from Ireland (AfrI) - Irish Left Review

The Irish Minister for the Environment, John Gormley T.D., may be about to grant permission for a final stage of a major gas project (the Corrib Gas Project) led by Shell Oil that has ruined the lives of a small community in the West of Ireland and prompted a massive national and international campaign of opposition.  The project, if permitted to be completed, will endanger the lives of the people, destroy the local environment and give away a major natural gas resource to a consortium of wealthy companies.

Urgent Support Needed

Black tide threatens fishing towns

Craig McMurtrie - ABC News

A black tide is washing up on the coast of Louisiana as US authorities assess the environmental and economic damage that could follow from an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Traces of the oil are reported to have started washing ashore in Louisiana and there are fears it will become one of the worst environmental disasters on record.

The oil began leaking last week when a damaged pipe from a BP rig exploded and sank, killing 11 people.