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On site inspection at Bellanaboy

category mayo | environment | news report author Friday March 30, 2007 19:20author by EC - Shell to Sea/ Rossport Solidarity Camp Report this post to the editors

Eleven Shell to Sea activists gained access to Shell's construction site at Bellanaboy Bridge earlier today to have a look around and to ask some questions.

Campaigners walk onto the site at Bellanaboy Bridge.
Campaigners walk onto the site at Bellanaboy Bridge.

Eleven Shell to Sea activists entered Shell's construction site at Bellanaboy Bridge this afternoon to seek answers about contaminated water run off from the site. Concerns about the water, (particularly aluminium levels) have been ongoing, but were exacerbated by a diesel spill last Saturday which is still visible in water running off the site this morning. The group entered the site around 3pm this afternoon with the intention of speaking with a Mr Tom Doyle, supposed environmental officer on site.

After making their way onto the site cross country without much fuss they strolled into the central area housing double storey portacabin site offices to seek Mr Doyle and an explanation. Shortly after entering this area of the site health and safety officer "Steve" pulled up in his shiny silver land rover informing protesters that they were trespassing. Protesters related their concerns to Steve and informed him that they wished to speak with Tom Doyle, a name passed onto them by Mr John Cronin in the Bangor Shell office. According to Steve no person called Tom Doyle worked on the site. He refused to give the names of any of the environmental officers or persons responsible for Axonics on the site. A lengthy exchange with Steve ensued, which did not yield much satisfaction and as has been the frustrating norm he told campiagners to direct our concerns elsewhere.

Several security officers from the site requested that protesters leave and began to film and take photographs of the group. Protesters were on the site for twenty minutes to half an hour before the Gardai made an appearance. Two 'paddy wagons' drove onto the site and Gardai trooped out. Campaigners had already decided to leave the site and before the "Shell cops" could do anything campaigners informed Steve and the attendant security personal of their intensions to walk out the front gate, which they duly did followed by Gardai on foot and in the vans.

Chatting with Steve "stevie wonder" health and safety person on site.
Chatting with Steve "stevie wonder" health and safety person on site.

Campaigners were filmed by security people.
Campaigners were filmed by security people.

Shell's cops: watching them watching us.
Shell's cops: watching them watching us.

The view from the site.
The view from the site.

author by EC - S2Spublication date Fri Mar 30, 2007 19:26Report this post to the editors

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Everybody's favourite cop stops beside an Iggy Madden truck for a quick photo.
Everybody's favourite cop stops beside an Iggy Madden truck for a quick photo.

View of reception building mid construction just inside gate one.
View of reception building mid construction just inside gate one.

Shell care.
Shell care.

Leaving the site.
Leaving the site.

FAO Galway people.
FAO Galway people.

author by ECpublication date Fri Mar 30, 2007 19:27Report this post to the editors

typo

author by Dave and Pene - spiralspublication date Sat Mar 31, 2007 15:31Report this post to the editors

Hi the pic with the caption "Everybody's favourite cop stops beside an Iggy Madden truck for a quick photo." suggests that he is taking a picture of himself as unless he has a camera that photos behind he is photographing himself. The picture shows the "back" of his camera with the "view finder" top right. Anyway none of the photos are likly to be admissable as "evidence" since photos can be "manipulated". Keep up the good work and keep $hell guessing as to what comes next! dja.

author by Patrick Flannerypublication date Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:23author email pjflannery at yahoo dot ieReport this post to the editors

Watching with interest the developments regarding Corrib Gas in north - west Mayo.

As a Mayo expatriate and currently residing in San Francisco, California, I frequently wish that I could be there to join this resistance and extremely urgent and worthwhile cause.

I look forward to your frequent updates. Sincere thanks!

P.J. Flannery

author by Jack Doyle - mindfreedom publication date Mon Apr 02, 2007 16:26author email jackdoyle64 at yahoo dot co dot ukReport this post to the editors

Your favourite cop is the one that assaulted me on the 16th of Feb. His number is DA 51 and calls himself a human rights expert. Anybody know who he is or where he is from.? Its about time he went home and get the hell out of Erris. Name and shame please !

author by Jungle Man - s2snpublication date Mon Apr 02, 2007 21:21author address RossportReport this post to the editors


They robbed our homeland of natural resources and drove us from our land
They will never break our spirit because they will never understand.

author by Johnpublication date Tue Apr 03, 2007 21:00Report this post to the editors

Well done lovelies, keep the pressure on. can't be with you myself at the mo but that little piece gives me a warm feeling inside

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