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Western People: We don’t want to be guinea pigs for Shell, say residents

Western People: We don’t want to be guinea pigs for Shell, say residents

“Mr Corduff said Shell was using the courts “to bully” the residents of Rossport.”

Posted Monday 11 July 2005

He begged the court for the sort of justice which he had not got to date. Willie Corduff, a father of six from Rossport in County Mayo, told the High Court in Dublin on Wednesday morning that the development of the Corrib gas pipeline had taken an enormous toll on himself and his family. He was afraid to leave his home, was stressed, and was not sleeping at night. Mr Corduff said Shell was using the courts “to bully” the residents of Rossport.

“I am prepared to go to prison to get my rights, like McBrearty,” he said. Mr Corduff was one of five men from County Mayo to face contempt of court proceedings in the High Court in respect of a previous order restraining the men from obstructing work on the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline through their lands at Rossport. read more

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Corn Cob Bob promotes renewable fuels, but not at a holiday show sponsored by Shell Canada

THE NEW YORK TIMES: No Corn Cob Bob on Canada Day’s Guest List

Corn Cob Bob promotes renewable fuels, but not at a holiday show sponsored by Shell Canada.

“They got leaned on by Shell…”

Published: Monday July 11, 2005

By IAN AUSTEN

Like most Canadians, Corn Cob Bob put his feet up on Canada Day, the national holiday on July 1. But the day off was unexpected for Bob, a mascot for a renewable fuel organization, and it came from an unexpected source: the Canadian division of the global oil company Royal Dutch/Shell Group.

Bob, who has the body of a farmer and a corncob head, is traveling through Canada this summer, passing out balloons, temporary tattoos and other novelties on behalf of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, a nonprofit group that promotes ethanol and diesel fuel made from vegetable oils. Kory Teneycke, the association’s executive director, said one highlight of Bob’s tour was to be the Canada Day celebrations in and around Canada’s Parliament buildings in Ottawa. read more

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Irish Independent: Rossport rally hears renewal of demands for gas base ‘at sea’

Irish Independent: Rossport rally hears renewal of demands for gas base ‘at sea’

“UP to 1,500 people attended a support rally in Belmullet for the five Co Mayo farmers who have been in prison for almost two weeks over their opposition to the Corrib gas pipeline.”

Monday July 11, 2005

UP to 1,500 people attended a support rally in Belmullet for the five Co Mayo farmers who have been in prison for almost two weeks over their opposition to the Corrib gas pipeline.

The rally, which was held in bright sunshine on Saturday, heard renewed calls for the controversial €300m gas terminal planned for Bellanaboy, north Mayo, to be located instead at sea.

Over 20 speakers addressed the rally, including Dr Mark Garavan, a lecturer at GMIT Castlebar, who said the jailed men, who he spoke to on Friday, were being placed under severe pressure from Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Council for the West to agree to the appointment of a binding mediator. read more

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Irish Independent: Why the law is an ass

Irish Independent: Why the law is an ass

“What law is this which allows five innocent men to be jailed in order to facilitate the driving of a highly dangerous untreated gas pipeline through their lands?”: “In the national interest, Shell’s onshore plans must stop.”

Monday July 11, 2005

Sir – What law is this which allows five innocent men to be jailed in order to facilitate the driving of a highly dangerous untreated gas pipeline through their lands?

What law is it which allows Mayo County Council to permit the development of a huge refinery complex in such a unique landscape of special marine and land conservation and allows An Bord Pleanala to overrule its inspectors’ report and permit the dumping of an entire bog from one townland to another?

What law is this which allows our Government to grant foreshore licences and compulsory acquisition orders in such an area to facilitate this cheapskate onshore development by Shell, a recognised international polluter? read more

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Irish Times: Corrib project prompts more questions than answers

Irish Times: Corrib project prompts more questions than answers

“If and when Minister for the Marine Noel Dempsey approves installation of the Corrib gas onshore pipeline, he won’t just be establishing a mineral exploration footprint in north Mayo. He will be sanctioning an environmental and public safety precedent for the exploitation of further gas and oil- related reserves off the Irish coastline for decades to come.”

Monday July 11, 2005

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Agenda: Efforts will be made today to free the jailed Corrib gas pipeline protesters. They have much local support behind them. . . and a few experts as well, reports Lorna Siggins

If and when Minister for the Marine Noel Dempsey approves installation of the Corrib gas onshore pipeline, he won’t just be establishing a mineral exploration footprint in north Mayo. He will be sanctioning an environmental and public safety precedent for the exploitation of further gas and oil- related reserves off the Irish coastline for decades to come. read more

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Irish Times: Worker on Shell pipeline due in court

Irish Times: Worker on Shell pipeline due in court

“The case of the five Erris men still in jail over opposition to the pipeline is due for mention in the High Court today. Two separate applications have been made seeking to quash the injunction as ministerial consent for installation and commissioning of the pipeline has not yet been given. At least one of the applications is expected to be heard on Wednesday.”

Monday July 11, 2005

Lorna Siggins and Tom Shiel

A Scottish man working on the Shell pipeline contract in north Mayo is due in Belmullet court on Wednesday charged with having excess alcohol taken while in charge of a vessel. read more

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Western People: A national disgrace

Western People: A national disgrace

“Shell E&P Ireland may yet return to the High Court to have more Rossport residents jailed for breaching an injunction. Speculation is mounting as to whether the women of Rossport will be next to go behind bars.”

Posted Monday 11 July 2005

By: Orla Hearns

Shell E&P Ireland may yet return to the High Court to have more Rossport residents jailed for breaching an injunction. Speculation is mounting as to whether the women of Rossport will be next to go behind bars.

As the ‘Rossport Five’ – Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath, James Brendan Philbin and Micheál O Seighin – near the end of their first week at Cloverhill Prison for refusing Shell access to their lands, their wives say they too are willing to go to jail in a bid to stop the construction of the gas pipeline through their lands at Rossport. read more

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Irish Examiner: Rossport Five expose State’s denial of constitution

Irish Examiner: Rossport Five expose State’s denial of constitution

“Irish citizens who should be defended by the state against such global predators as Shell can be persecuted for defending their rights. The Government and the courts have disgraced themselves in this matter. The Rossport Five must be freed immediately, with a State apology for what is less a miscarriage than an abortion of justice.”

Monday 11 July 2005

THE High Court decision to jail the Rossport Five for insisting on their constitutional rights is symptomatic of an utter disregard of the constitution by the State as a whole.

The abominable ‘deal’ the Government has cut with Shell/Statoil means the entire Corrib gas field has been handed over to these private companies with no interest retained by the state, with all expenses accrued by these companies over the past 25 years paid by the State, and with no royalties payable to the State. read more

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Western People: If this pipeline is so safe why is no public body responsible for it

Western People: If this pipeline is so safe why is no public body responsible for it

“On application from counsel for Shell the judge awarded the company an order for costs.”: “The reality is that natural gas pipelines do and have exploded. This fact is well documented. As recently as July 2004 a Shell operated gas pipeline close to Brussels fractured, the resulting explosion killed 21 people including firefighters, and devastated a number of buildings.”

Posted Monday 11 July 2005

By: Mike Cunningham

The residents of Rossport have every reason to feel concerned about a gas pipeline that breaks all the usual industrial rules, writes Mike Cunningham.

Last Wednesday’s High Court action by Shell which culminated in the committal to prison of five Erris residents on a charge of contempt of court was indeed a disturbing state of affairs to have witnessed at first hand.

The five, four local landowners, Mr. Philip McGrath, Mr. Vincent McGrath, Mr. Brendan Philbin, Mr. Willie Corduff from Rossport and retired school teacher Mr. Micheál Ó Seighín from Ceathrú Thaidhg were jailed indefinitely for breaching a High Court order granted to Shell prohibiting them from protesting and impeding works on the route of the Corrib high pressure gas pipeline through the defendants lands at Rossport. read more

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No apology over Mayo gas pipeline order

RTE Interactive (Ireland): No apology over Mayo gas pipeline order

“The five Co Mayo men jailed for contempt of a High Court order in relation to the Shell Corrib gas pipeline were back in court this afternoon. However, they have so far failed to apologise to the court or undertake to abide by the court order that restrains interference with the development of the pipeline.

Monday 11 July 2005 17:51

The five Co Mayo men jailed for contempt of a High Court order in relation to the Shell Corrib gas pipeline were back in court this afternoon.

However, they have so far failed to apologise to the court or undertake to abide by the court order that restrains interference with the development of the pipeline.

In a move to try and clear the way for the men’s release from prison, lawyers sought a variation of the existing order to delete the words ‘construction’ and ‘installation’. read more

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