"That was the first time Ireland tested out the state – corporate nexus. What they were doing was very simple. They were sorting out their template here in Rossport. The line is: 'go in hard',"
The windswept hills of Ireland are believed to be sitting on a treasure trove of natural gas. One company wants to use a controversial drilling technique - called fracking - to get it out but critics says the process would damage the environment.
Al Jazeera's Simon McGregor-Wood reports from Leitrim county in Ireland.