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January 2011

London old street shell garage blockade last night

rikki - London Indymedia

After the remains of the irish government gave approval last week for the shell high-pressure gas pipeline and refinery in county mayo, activists have been staging blockades, actions and protests against shell in solidarity with the residents and activists of rossport. in london, tonight's garage blockade was also called as a memorial to long-time climate activist val jones, who lost a long struggle against a debilitating disease just one year ago.

OIL POLITICS: The Emperor with no clothes

Nnimmo Bassey - Friend of the Earth Nigeria

The Dutch parliament yesterday placed the Royal Dutch Shell before the mirror in a groundbreaking act of scrutiny over the severe environmental and social footprint of the oil giant on the Niger Delta.

Shell may be the only one being grilled but that does not by any means suggest that the likes of Chevron, Exxon, ENI and Total are not mired in the serial abuses in the region. The spotlight at The Hague needs to be replicated in Washington, Rome, Paris, Oslo, and elsewhere.

Work on new route will be resisted, warns Shell to Sea

Western People

THE veteran opponent of the Corrib gas project, retired school principal Maura Harrington, has said work on the new pipeline route will be resisted.
A judicial review is the only option now open to objectors and it’s a strategy that will be discussed by Shell to Sea.
“There’s a long way to go yet,” warned Ms Harrington.
Last week’s news that An Bord Pleanála had granted permission for the project has prompted a predictably mixed reaction.

Campaign Photos entered in Human Rights Photo Competition

EIL Intercultural Learning

William Hederman has entered three of his Shell to Sea photos in a human rights photo competition. You can vote for and rate them here (no registration required):



Review: The Pipe

Gavin Burke -

And another great Irish documentary hits the cinemas. Joining this year's His & Hers and Pyjama Girls, The Pipe, a deserved winner at the Galway Film Fleadh, rounds off a successful year for the documentary and will certainly angry up the blood. Not that it needs to get any angrier these days. It's tough to write up a documentary like this without letting (a) a brief round up of the situation that's already been documented ad infinitum in the press and (b) letting personal opinions colour the review, but I'll do my best.

‘Caretaker’ ministers warned not to sign off on controversial plan

Western People

Shell to Sea members will reject the bona fides of any consent that may be issued to Shell E&P Ireland by either ministers Eamon Ó Cuiv and Pat Carey, who have now inherited the project from former Green Party ministers Eamon Ryan and John Gormley.
Applications for a foreshore licence, the plan of development and approval of Section 40 of the Gas Act were in the hands of Ministers Gormley and Ryan before they walked out of Government on Sunday.

Bord Pleanála allows Shell to construct pipeline in special area of conservation

Marian Harrison - Western People

FIFTEEN years after the Corrib gas well was discovered off the coast of North Mayo, An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for the final section of the controversial pipeline.
It was a case of third time lucky for Shell E&P Ireland, which had devised two previous routes for the
8.3km pipeline to will carry gas from the landfall at Glengad to the terminal at Bellanaboy. The new route will involve the construction of a tunnel under Surwaddacon Bay, which is designated a special area of conservation.

Award-winning film on Corrib gas saga returns to Castlebar screen

Western People

Award-winning film The Pipehas returned to Mayo screens.
The compelling documentary tells the story of local people who are opposed to the Corrib Gas project. The film returns by popular demand to Mayo Movie World and will be screened nightly until at 7.20pm until Thursday, January 27 and at 5.15pm from Friday, January 28 to Wednesday, February 2.
The Pipehas been nominated for an IFTA in the Best Documentary section, as well as being officially selected for both the Berlin and Palm Springs film festivals.

Edinburgh Shell garage shut in solidarity with Rossport Solidarity Camp

Shell to Hell - Indymedia

Last night people shut down the Shell petrol station on Comiston Road, Edinburgh. This action was taken in solidarity with the people of Rossport, Mayo, Ireland, who have been struggling against Shells gas plans in their community for over a decade. The action was also taken in soldidarity with the people of the Niger Delta who are suffering under Shells brutal corporate imperialism.

An Taisce says Shell approval 'legally flawed'

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

AN TAISCE intends to seek a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s approval for the final section of the Corrib gas pipeline.

The environmental organisation’s chairman Charles Stanley-Smith believes the board’s ruling last week was “legally flawed”, and may have “major implications for the status of implementing European directives in Ireland”, including the habitats directive.

An Taisce’s view is supported by the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership, involving a number of non-governmental organisations.