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MASS SIT-DOWN PROTEST THIS FRIDAY AT SHELL REFINERY SITE

Press ReleaseIssued by Dublin Shell to SeaWednesday, September 12th, 2007MASS SIT-DOWN PROTEST THIS FRIDAY AT SHELL REFINERY SITE-- Hundreds travelling to Mayo to stop inland refinery 'experiment' -- Hundreds of campaigners from around Ireland will travel to Mayo for a mass sit-down protest this Friday morning (September 14th) at the gates of the proposed Shell refinery at Bellanaboy. The campaigners aim to halt work at the controversial site as part of their ongoing attempt to have the Corrib gas processed offshore. Dublin Shell to Sea activists will travel on several specially-organised buses from the capital on Thursday evening.In recent months a number of blockades have halted work at the refinery site for up to a day at a time. These have included "lock-ons", at which campaigners have locked themselves together or to vehicles. On other occasions work has been stopped when large groups of Shell to Sea campaigners have entered and occupied the proposed refinery site. On Wednesday (September 12th), several campaigners involved in these "lock-ons" appeared in court in Belmullet, Co Mayo. Some are due to appear in court again on Thursday.Caoimhe Kerins of Dublin Shell to Sea said: "We're calling on people across Ireland to help stop this inland refinery and high-pressure pipeline before it's too late. There's still time to make them process the gas at sea, as is done at Kinsale and at all similar projects around the world." "Shell is trying to set a precedent by bringing high-pressure, untreated gas ashore close to houses and schools. If this is allowed in Mayo, Shell and its fellow oil and gas multinationals will use that precedent to impose similar monstrosities on communities up and down Ireland's west coast - and overseas." "Community opposition to the inland refinery is as strong as ever, but they need support from around the country. We cannot allow this massive and despicable experiment to go ahead."
\u003cbr\>"As the price of oil hits a record $79 a barrel, it's worth highlighting the fact that the massive rises in the global price of oil and gas will not result in any increased benefit from the Corrib Gas to the people of Ireland. Bord Gais will have to pay the going rate for the gas, thanks to the extraordinary deal made by Ray Burke with the oil and gas companies in 1987."\n\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is due to announce later this month whether it will grant Shell a licence to operate a refinery at the Bellanaboy site.\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>"The fact that so much work has been done at the refinery site already, despite the fact that the EPA has yet to announce its decision, shows that Shell and their friends in government decided a long time ago that this wholly inappropriate inland refinery would go ahead no matter how the local community felt about it," Caoimhe Kerins said.\n\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>Tickets for the buses from Dublin, which leave at 6.30pm on Thursday, are 30 euro return (or 25 euro for unwaged). Phone 085-1609850 for bus information.\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>\u003ca href\u003d\"http://www.shelltosea.com\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>www.shelltosea.com\n\u003c/a\>\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>ENDS\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>FOR VERIFICATION, COMMENT OR MORE INFO, CONTACT:\u003cbr\>* Caoimhe Kerins 087 7564750\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>* An Irish-speaking spokesperson is also available\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>\n",0]
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"As the price of oil hits a record $79 a barrel, it's worth highlighting the fact that the massive rises in the global price of oil and gas will not result in any increased benefit from the Corrib Gas to the people of Ireland. Bord Gais will have to pay the going rate for the gas, thanks to the extraordinary deal made by Ray Burke with the oil and gas companies in 1987." The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is due to announce later this month whether it will grant Shell a licence to operate a refinery at the Bellanaboy site."The fact that so much work has been done at the refinery site already, despite the fact that the EPA has yet to announce its decision, shows that Shell and their friends in government decided a long time ago that this wholly inappropriate inland refinery would go ahead no matter how the local community felt about it," Caoimhe Kerins said. Tickets for the buses from Dublin, which leave at 6.30pm on Thursday, are 30 euro return (or 25 euro for unwaged). Phone 085-1609850 for bus information.www.shelltosea.com ENDSFOR VERIFICATION, COMMENT OR MORE INFO, CONTACT:* Caoimhe Kerins 087 7564750* An Irish-speaking spokesperson is also available

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11 September 2007 - 10:57pm