"Agencies of the State got involved on the side of the developer, rather than on the side of the community. Given that alternative models were available in other countries, it was scandalous that we proceeded as we did. It reveals the mindset of certain people. I am reminded of the woman who was sent to jail in New York, who said that taxes are for small people. In this case, it seems that planning is not for big people…….
I refer again to the notion that some projects are too big for public accountability and transparency in planning. I am not making accusations that I cannot support."
Thursday the 19th April work was held up at the Shell Glengad and Aughoose compounds by a truck occupation.
Rossport solidarity campers and locals blocked trucks on the haulage route from the Bellanaboy refinery and then someone climbed up on top of a Walsh’s liquid container truck. They stayed up there for an hour whilst gardaí milled around helpless on the road below, before picking a moment and making a break for it across the fields. No-one was arrested.
Shell are still years away from pumping gas by their own schedule, and every truck delayed pushes this back further.
Meanwhile pixies pulled up stakes marking the route of the yet-to-be-laid onshore pipeline.