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category international | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Thursday July 21, 2005 15:56author by eeeekkkkkk Report this post to the editors

Here Is a Translation.

(Thanks to various who helped sort this)

Several environmentalist organizations and Sinn Fein call for an Irish boycott of Statoil and Shell after controversy about a natural gas project. Statoil leads the Irish market with its 300 gas stations.


Thrice in the last month, Statoil stations in Ireland have been occupied by Sinn Fein activists protesting the Norwegian company's participation in developing the gas field Corrib. Now both Sinn Fein and the activist group "Shell to Sea" call for a total boycott of the Statoil's 300 gas stations in the country.

In the coming days we will have several actions where we ask people not to buy at Statoil. We have full respect for what the Norwegian oil company has accomplished at home, with solid technology and high ethical standards, but here in Ireland Statoil has wound up in the bad company of Shell, says the director of the actions, Maura Harrington, to Aftenposten.

Sinn Fein activists occupy a Statoil station in Dublin. Photo: INDYMEDIA

The environmental objection to the gas project was long a local affair in the Mayo district of northwestern Ireland.

But a collective Irish environmentalist movement was infuriated when the Supreme Court in Dublin on June 29, based on a lawsuit from Shell, jailed the five land owners Micheál Ó Seighin, Vincent McGrath, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff and Brendan Philbin. The five, known in the Irish media as "The Rossport 5," were jailed on an indefinite basis for being in contempt of the court after resisting construction work on their properties.

The activists claim that Shell, Statoil, and the third owner, Marathon, use an experimental technology which carries great risks for the environment and for the life and health of inhabitants in the Mayo district. The five prisoners have among other things protested the landing of gas through an 8 kilometer long gas pipe to a refinery and power plant. The pipe will run as close as 70 meters from people's homes.

A few days ago, "Shell to Sea" sent a protest letter to Norway's ambassador in Dublin, Truls Hanevold, asking the Norwegian government to intervene in order to let the gas be refined offshore. Sinn Fein's president Gerry Adams has also involved himself strongly in the case, and recently visited the five environmentalist martyrs in Cloverhill Prison.

Statoil leads the market in Ireland with its 300 gas stations, but according to its informations director Kai Nielsen, the company has so far not registered any decline in sales.

- We find the protests completely unreasonable. The Irish government has approved every aspect of the plans and the project has also passed every possible appeal authority. The technology we use is safe and modern, says Nielsen.

He makes clear that there is no question of Statoil inducing Shell to change elements of the project.

- Here all the rules of democracy have been observed. What more can one ask for? asks Nielsen.

Leader Lars Haltbrekken in the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature thinks it is obvious that the gas project will involve considerable interference with a vulnerable area. He refers to extensive warnings in reports by the international network Friends of the Earth, of which the Society is part.

- We call on Statoil to wield its influence so that the project conforms to the demands of the local population, Haltbrekken says.

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author by screen shooterpublication date Thu Jul 21, 2005 16:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors


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author by eeekkkkpublication date Thu Jul 21, 2005 17:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"It wouldn't surprise me if this makes TV news now."

author by Duinepublication date Thu Jul 21, 2005 17:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Comhghairdeas a indymedia as an phoiblíocht.
Bhí sibh os cionn buille!

author by Michaelpublication date Thu Jul 21, 2005 17:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Pipeline protesters seek picket of Statoil stations
Last updated: 21-07-05, 16:11

The five Mayo men jailed for their protests against the proposed pipeline from the Corrib gas field have called for a picket of Statoil stations in the Dublin area tomorrow.

Statoil is a 36.5 per cent shareholder in the consortium that owns the Corrib gas field.

The protesters want Statoil to apply the same environmental and health and safety standards to the Corrib gas field as they would in Norway. All of Norway's oil and gas is processed on offshore platforms.

The Norwegian government is the majority shareholder in Statoil.

In Mayo, the Shell-led consortium plans to process the gas on-shore and pump the raw gas under high pressure through a nine-mile pipeline. Local residents stress that they are opposed to this method of refining rather than the exploitation of the gas.

Last week the protesters handed in a letter to the Norwegian embassy calling on the Norwegian government to ensure that the refining of the gas took place offshore.

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author by screen shooterpublication date Thu Jul 21, 2005 17:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

6 out of 10 stories =



author by imcerpublication date Thu Jul 21, 2005 17:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Mayo News Irish Times: Shell Oil Smears Rossport 5 with IRA, again
Indymedia Ireland, Ireland - Jul 19, 2005
'Independent Mayo TD Dr Jerry Cowley said he "totally refutes" Shell's claims of intimidation. ... It's pure propaganda by Shell."'. ...
Councillors seek meeting over Rossport Five Ireland Online
Pipeline protestors demand Kenny state position Ireland Online
Irish Times: Protesters Seek Enquiry Into State Deals With Shell ... Indymedia Ireland
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author by Phuq Heddpublication date Thu Jul 21, 2005 19:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

is following S(Hell) Mayo story too (along with a lot of other international stories that seem to be about local people getting screwed by Big Oil in co-operation with "their" governments).

I wonder what the Iraqi people would have to say about fairness and rights to the Mayo people?

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author by Stevopublication date Thu Jul 21, 2005 20:46author email Stevolende at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Probably not the most priority point but that photo in the Norwegian newspaper clip is from Shop Street in Galway. I think the shop Window is McCambridges isn't it?
The group are around Tommy's protest stall if I ain't wrong.
A similar photo is up elsewhere on this site.

& what a swizz, had hoped that those Statoil chappies might see some sense in what they were being asked. I guess bad business corrupts & infects eh?

author by Sirocco - European Tribunepublication date Fri Jul 22, 2005 07:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

- where this translation was posted would be out of place.

'Eurotrib activism bears fruit:'

author by james o reillypublication date Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Great to see details of the protest in Aftenposten, the Norwegian equivalent of the Irish times\Independent although not quite as conservative and rightwing. Should make the news I hope. Had earlier emailed the editors at indymedia on how I could bring the protest to Norwegian attention, but looks like someone has beaten me to it.

Funny that there is nothing on about this or indeed any sign of interest in organising a protest.

As a paddie living in Norway I feel compelled to protest at a shell or statoil station near me, or maybe Statoil offices in Oslo, any other Irish in Norway want to join me in planning a protest somewhere? Ph or txt me on 99293097

Is mise le meas.

author by imcerpublication date Fri Jul 22, 2005 15:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

For the Paper Archivists
(Thanks to Suppliers)

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author by Williampublication date Fri Jul 22, 2005 16:18author email williamhederman at hotmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Keep us updated on this page about coverage of Statoil/Rossport in the Norwegian media. Is there anything in Friday's papers?
Maybe you could drop me an email also at above address.

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