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Shell to Sea Update from Erris & the 'Reinstating' of Glengad.

category mayo | environment | news report author Sunday November 23, 2008 17:04author by A - Rossport Solidarity Campauthor email rossportsolidaritycamp at gmail dot comauthor phone 085 1141170 Report this post to the editors

Shell to Sea / Rossport Solidarity Camp Update from Erris Co. Mayo. November 2009.

While Glengad and Shell issues have largely gone from the public eye, and indeed things have quietened down some what, that's not to say that stuff hasn’t been going on, it just doesn’t always make the media.

The last few months have seen a few developments since the Solitaire left our shores.
Glengad Beach & Cliff Face
Glengad Beach & Cliff Face

* Shell have completely vacated the Glengad compound in the last few week or so. Unfortunately they haven’t done a wonderful job of cleaning up after themselves. Plenty of rubble was left behind on the beach from the causeway that they extended out to sea and then removed.

The “cliff” has been banked up with soft materials which don’t look too stable to me and will likely continue to be washed out by the rainwater. In the old compound itself large heaps of materials have been piled and netted over to prevent birds nesting? Strangely they have not attempted to net the re-banked cliff area, as they had before. Some of the old netting can be seen on the cliff top, intermeshed with the grass on top.

Their channel buoy markers have been washing ashore recently also, as they left these behind to. At the road entrance to the Glengad compound all the fencing and gates have gone (as it has around the whole site), to be replaced with regular cattle fencing and gates, having pulled out at this time of year the whole place is a bit of a mud bath.

* The road, left unfinished by Mayo County Council now Shell have pulled out, is already showing signs of deterioration, with potholes forming in the tarmac beside where the entrance gates to this compound stood. The Co.Co. have left the road as it stands from what I can see, without finishing the works, just loads of signs and bollards left around everywhere.

* Nov 10th last saw a procession along the Bellanaboy Road up to the main refinery gates, attended by about 50 local people carrying crosses with the names of the Ogoni 9, to mark the execution of Ken Sara Wiwa and 8 of his colleagues in 1995, the Nigerian activists who were executed by the Nigerian Military Dictatorship at the time, at Shell's behest.

* The Garda presence is likewise down, but still tangible.

* After a meeting some time ago with a few ministers, the silence has been loud from the powers that be, despite their recent announcement of setting up some forum or dialogue with people involved in the Corrib Gas issue. However no one here has actually heard anything or been contacted about as of yet. Minister Eamon Ryan has admitted in the media that ‘mistakes were made’ but has refused to discuss the moving of the refinery or the appropriacy of a pipeline landfall at Glengad. “There will be no re-visiting of the consents / permissions already given to Shell”, he said. As usual the terms of reference are pre-set by the ‘authorities’ in order to avoid a fair and proper addressing of the issues.

* The AFRI hedge school a few weeks ago was really fantastic with some great people coming to have an input/speak including Dennis Halliday and other people who have been dealing with Shell in other countries.

The fight goes on.

The Compund Gates where Maura held her hunger strike.
The Compund Gates where Maura held her hunger strike.

The New Cliff Face and Rubble left on Beach.
The New Cliff Face and Rubble left on Beach.

What;s left of the Causeway left to wash away or remain.
What;s left of the Causeway left to wash away or remain.

Where the trench for the pipe was carved last summer.
Where the trench for the pipe was carved last summer.

author by A & Npublication date Sun Nov 23, 2008 17:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Cliff Face 'Reinstated' from a pipe-line trench.
Cliff Face 'Reinstated' from a pipe-line trench.

Mounds of rubble left on clifftop with run-off pipe in bottom left corner.
Mounds of rubble left on clifftop with run-off pipe in bottom left corner.

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author by A & Npublication date Sun Nov 23, 2008 17:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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You'll remember that this used to be a sandy beach.
You'll remember that this used to be a sandy beach.

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Imported and/or excavated stone and rubble left lying on the sand.
Imported and/or excavated stone and rubble left lying on the sand.

What a 'Reinstated' environment looks like.
What a 'Reinstated' environment looks like.

author by foxbravo995 - $hellwatch , International Shipping Bureau Amsterdam publication date Sun Nov 23, 2008 20:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

That $hell and the Co.Co of mayo have managed to make a mess of the coastline comes as no supprise. Thankfully this is not nigeria and the "mess" amounts to conversion of a sandy beach to rock strewn scree. What are the "parks and wildlife service" doing. Hot on evicting the low impact "camp" last year with the full vigore of the corrupt law. But dead slow to tackle $hell and the mess they created. Would the small question of brown envelopes have anything to do with this?. Murder in Nigeria? Corruption in Ireland? - Smells of $hell! - the stench streches from Drumcondra to Mayo gets stronger by the second. ENDS

author by SURFER - Person who Surfspublication date Sun Nov 23, 2008 23:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

SHell and their contractors do NOT care about the destruction they cause or the environment mess ( DESTRUCTION ) they make or leave behind. Would the people of Westport or any other beach front property like it , if this was done to their Beach. I think NOT ! So why is it that they ($h£LL) can just leave this dangerous mess on a beach where people go surfing, never mind trying to walk; which use to be a flat sandy beach. When are the Government officials going face up to the fact that this destruction will not be tolerated, where are the Parks and Wildlife officers? If local people did this in any area around Ireland, would there not be an investigation and prosecutions? Well shit ; we all know who did this destruction, Parks and Wildlife know. The locals should bring them all to court as we know that the local Judge does not stand for land or sea pollution. SO lets sue Mayo C.C. parks and Wildlife and most important shell and their contractors. They can not get away with this: Lets start the court actions and Legal proceedings ! ! !

author by Wiseguypublication date Mon Nov 24, 2008 15:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Cant wait for it all the action when solitare comes back next year looking forward to it.

author by Annepublication date Mon Nov 24, 2008 21:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors


Thanks for the update.

It does not seem, however, that the pictures can be said to show 'reinstatement'. The so-called cliff face seems to be a sloped off soil embankmet covering over God only knows what, designed to just about hold together until Shell decides to plough through again (not that they'll find it easy third/fourth? time round).

A country where a statutory body such as NPWS allows this insult to stand unchecked is on a hiding to nowhere.

author by JMpublication date Tue Nov 25, 2008 16:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Prt of Glengad Beach, before and after the 2008 destruction.

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author by Chrissiepublication date Wed Nov 26, 2008 17:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The photos are very good, but can't show the degree of damage to nesting-sites of sand-martins, wheatears, ringed plovers, & other waders, nor the grease & other pollutants on a public beach.

author by Seán Ryanpublication date Wed Nov 26, 2008 20:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Maybe it's time to ask Karen Gaynor for her opinion on this destruction. Afterall, it was her opinion regarding the alleged destruction upon the machair system by the S2S camp that facilitated Mayo CC bringing a case against the campers and having them evicted from the area. Which in turn facilitated Shell's wanton destruction, in no small way, in the immediate and surrounding area.

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