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150 Gardai to move TBM 5km; Mayo County Council begin cover-up

By: 
resting camper - Indymedia

An account of Friday's events on the day the tunnel boring machine was moved.

As those following the story will no doubt have heard by now, the TBM was moved yesterday.

Aware that something was going to happen, campaigners spent the night at Glenamoy sleeping in cars and vans, aware that something was going to happen. Two slept under the bridge. Localyil residents nearby told us how the road had sunk 4 inches in the last few days, while other parts were ruined from the exceptional traffic. We're sure the Council will not be so quick to do those repairs...

At 4am, gardai began to swarm into the area. 150 IRMS security also marched up the road. We ran up, but the sheer weight of numbers kept us back. Ten managed to get into the field on the side where the truck was listing. Suddenly, 40 IRMS came in and set up a fence. Diggers and trucks of stone came in and for the next ten hours, Shell filled in ditches and built up a road around the collapsed bank. The crane plan had been abandoned and its seemed the field owner had given permission. Thus, without warning the crossroads were closed to all traffic, causing chaos yet again. Shell only later offered its usual bland, 'sorry for the inconvenience' shite.

Posted Date: 
5 August 2012

Midwest Radio Lunchtime News on TBM blockage

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Midwest Radio

Listen to the Midwest Radio Lunchtime News on the 31st July when they report the blockage by Shell's tunnelling machine of Glenamoy crossroads.  Play News Report

Posted Date: 
1 August 2012

Shell machine stuck at crossroads

By: 
Aine Ryan - Irish Times

Shell’s giant tunnel boring machine was expected to remain overnight on the back of a lorry that jack-knifed at an isolated Co Mayo crossroads early this morning despite efforts by large tow-trucks to move it this evening.

A jack-knifed truck containing tunnel boring machinery which got stuck on its way to the Shell Bellanaboy Gas refinery in Co Mayo today.Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A jack-knifed truck containing tunnel boring machinery which got stuck on its way to the Shell Bellanaboy Gas refinery in Co Mayo today.Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The lorry was part of a large convoy, flanked by garda vans and outriders, as well as other security personnel, that left Dublin Port on Sunday night, transporting sections of the boring machine.

Local residents from the nearby villages of Rossport and Carrowteigue were unable to travel to work or make hospital appointments due to the incident, which blocked a junction on the L1203 and R312 roads, at Glenamoy crossroads from early this morning.

Posted Date: 
31 July 2012

Pictures of the Tunnelling Machine stuck in Glenamoy

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Shell to Sea

 

Posted Date: 
31 July 2012
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