"The government has relinquished control over the offshore areas of our industry. Norway was tough regarding oil companies from the start. You now have an almost embarrassingly large pension fund. The situation for Irish communities, however, is as in Ogoniland in Nigeria - oil is a curse,”
Shell's attempt to sneak its tunneling plant to put its controversial high pressure pipe under Mayo soil was thwarted by locals who mobilised across north Mayo in a matter of hours. After many blocks set-up by local protestors the convoy was literally bogged down as the oversized trailer of on section of the plant could not fit around a corner. It remained bogged down for days raising questions about Shell's ability to safely conduct its operations in this sensitive but unforgiving environment.