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January 2011

Review: The Pipe


This film brings to the big screen the dramatic story of Shell’s blundering, sometimes violent, attempts to impose a high-pressure raw gas pipeline on a small North Mayo community. The documentary features footage taken over three years, from 2006 to 2008, by Risteard O’Domhnaill. It has all the ingredients, stunning landscapes, riveting action scenes and the real-life stories of local people who found themselves on the front line of the drama.

Campaign is not over yet, warn Rossport protesters

Brian McDonald and Ken Sweeney - Irish Independent

[Shell to Sea] Please be advised that the Irish Independent is controlled by Tony O Reilly, who also owns oil & gas exploration company Providence Resources.

THE planning niceties might be all but done and dusted, but in north-west Mayo yesterday there was little sign of a white flag being raised by those opposed to the project.

'The Pipe' comes to Donegal

Sue Doherty - Donegal Democrat

The award-winning documentary ‘The Pipe', which tells the story of the Rossport, Co. Mayo protest against the Shell gas pipeline, comes to Donegal this week. Screenings start tomorrow at Century Cinemas, Letterkenny and more are planned for Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Killybegs and Malin Head.

On June 29th, 2005, five men from Rossport were imprisoned for 94 days for defying a court injunction allowing Shell Oil workers to enter their land to lay a high pressure, raw gas pipeline close to their homes.

Resistance to Shell Pipeline in Mayo set to Continue

éirígí Sligeach
Despite the decision by An Bord Pleanala yesterday (Jan 20) to grant permission to Shell to proceed with laying their onshore pipeline in north Mayo, campaigners against the plan have vowed to step up resistance in the weeks and months ahead.

Great Tree Workshops @ Rossport Camp House

Rossport Solidarity camp

Wow what a weekend. Our winter skill share has just finished and I still have the taste of loads of different wild foods in my mouth and the ringing of the chainsaw in my ears. We all had a brilliant time, here's a few photos and a little bit of what we got up to.

Senator urges Corrib gas delay

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

GREEN Party Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin has said he believes it is “inappropriate” for two Green Ministers to sign off on outstanding consents for the Corrib gas pipeline with a general election imminent.

“Corrib Gas Pipeline Decision legally flawed” An Taisce

An Taisce
An Taisce contends that the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission to the latest Corrib gas pipeline application is fundamentally legally flawed on a number of grounds.  Chair of An Taisce Charles Stanley-Smith in commenting on the decision stated:

Shell to Sea Vows to Escalate Campaign


Shell to Sea activists have vowed to escalate their campaign following yesterday’s [Thursday] An Bord Pleanála ruling granting Shell permission to lay a high pressure on-shore gas pipeline within a tunnel under Sruwaddacon Estuary in north Mayo, a Special Protected Area and Special Area of Conservation.

Shell’s plan involves the construction of a four-metre wide tunnel under the estuary, through which a pipe will carry the unrefined raw gas from the Corrib field, before emerging over land to the refinery at Ballinaboy.

'Trying to buy support with money will never solve this'

Lorna Siggins - Irish Times

REACTION: CORRIB GAS developer Shell E&P Ireland says it hopes An Bord Pleanála’s “thorough examination” and “endorsement” of its revised pipeline route “will allow people to feel their concerns have been fully addressed”. 

An Board Pleanála gives Shell pipeline approval despite local resistance

Dermot - WSM

It is no great surprise that An Board Pleanála has granted permission for the final phase of the experimental Shell pipeline in North Mayo. The remaining 5 kilometers of pipe will be laid up the centre of Sruwaddacon Estuary, through Broadhaven bay, a place of great natural beauty and also an area which has been listed as a Special Area of Conservation [1] and a Special Protected Area for Birds,[2] along with being an E.U. protected Natural Heritage Area.[3] These sort of protections are now obviously meaningless when it comes up against multinationals like Shell.