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category mayo | environment | news report author Thursday August 04, 2011 23:24author by j debender - Rossport Solidarity Campauthor address A field in Aughoose, between Ballinaboy and Pullathomasauthor phone 0851141170 Report this post to the editors

“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, show me a multinational corporation you can trust” -Belle Star

Between a concrete lock-on blocking the road for almost 4 hours and a bluegrass country band playing tunes in front of a Shell truck, Wednesday 3rd August was another impressive day of stopping Shell's work on the onshore pipeline of the Corrib Gas Project.
Bluegrass blockade
Bluegrass blockade

Wednesday 3rd August at 7am local residents and folks from the Rossport Solidarity Camp met at the gates of Shell's Ballinaboy refinery to begin blocking tractor movements. Everything coming out of the refinery in the morning was delayed by the protesters and no arrests were made. By 8:30am two people had locked themselves into a concrete barrel, blocking the road between Ballinaboy refinery and the compound at Aughoose.

The lock-on was cleared at about 12:30pm, having blocked the road for almost 4 hours. Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway, one of the people locked on, commented:

“I’m here because of the obvious corruption involved in Shell and Statoil’s gas project and the management of our resources. The Gardaí are partners in crime with Shell and Statoil in attacking the community.”

Later on people gathered at the refinery to listen to some bluegrass country music by the band Belle Star all the way from Virginia, US. The band had played a fantastic gig in McGuire's pub the night before and commented that the refinery gig was one of their 'strangest but most appropriate' yet.

People were in high spirits, dancing to the music in front of a Shell truck. The gardaí didn't seem to know how to handle the situation. They apparently found it difficult to use their normal force against smiling dancing people.

The hilarity made people feel pretty unstoppable. Even when guards were pushing people along the road with the Shell truck inching along, the bluegrass band kept up with everyone, walking along the road as they played, upright bass and all!

Down the road a bit someone managed to get on top of the truck and stayed there for about 30 minutes. After a warning the person got down and was not arrested, and no more vehicles attempted to leave the refinery for the rest of the day.

The day finished off with a traditional Appalachian square dance in front of the gates of the refinery. Everyone felt like it was a wonderful way to reclaim that space that is usually occupied by much more sinister activities.

Come up to the area and join us! There is plenty more dancing to be done...

The camp is located in a field in Aughoose, between Ballinaboy and Pullathomas.

To contact the camp, ring 085 114 1170 or email rossportsolidaritycamp[at]gmail[dot]com

Related Link: http://shelltosea.com

Early morning blockade
Early morning blockade

Concrete lock-on
Concrete lock-on

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Dancing in the road
Dancing in the road

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   photos     more photos    Thu Aug 04, 2011 23:31 
   photos     photos    Thu Aug 04, 2011 23:38 
   Great stuff!     Serf    Fri Aug 05, 2011 15:58 
   Please     Paddy    Fri Aug 05, 2011 22:33 
   Regress     Damien Mooney    Fri Aug 05, 2011 22:54 
   The Day the Fish Came Up Dead     Seán Crudden    Fri Aug 05, 2011 23:01 
   Student Princes     Fearbolg    Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:54 
   Donkeys     Seán Crudden    Sat Aug 06, 2011 16:17 
   Mythology     Paddy    Sat Aug 06, 2011 18:18 
 10   Happy to reply....     Fearbolg    Sun Aug 07, 2011 01:17 
 11   Well Done     saolfree    Sun Aug 07, 2011 01:35 
 12   Giddy up     The lonely schizophrenic    Sun Aug 07, 2011 09:03 
 13   Donkey Bater     Seán Crudden    Sun Aug 07, 2011 20:51 
 14   Worthwhile Debate     Paddy    Sun Aug 07, 2011 21:20 
 15   various forms of dance?     Stevo    Mon Aug 08, 2011 13:14 
 16   could start a viral craze     opus diablos    Mon Aug 08, 2011 13:56 


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