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Confrontation ensues as Shell vessels arrive at Rossport

category mayo | environment | news report author Tuesday June 02, 2009 20:31author by Darragh - RSC Report this post to the editors

Monday the 1st of June saw the arrival of a multitude of assorted vessels to Broadhaven bay. The boats, which are subcontracted by The Royal Dutch Shell company, are attempting to prepare for works on the controversial Corrib gas project. Today however, their progress has been significantly impaired by resident Shell to Sea activists that had already gathered a small, albeit formidable, fleet of kayaks, ready to deploy within short notice.

The Kayaks were birthed from the Rossport Solidarity Camp, which directly overlooks the vicinity that the Shell boats have been operating in the past twenty-four hours.

Currently there are diverse assortments of vessels converging in the once pristine bay; the majority of these are either carrying out, or assisting, dredging and surveillance operations. An Garda Siochana, have also been sighted patrolling the work zone, along with two black ribs; The Laura Emily accompanied by its twin the Galltee, which are both brimming with men dressed in black military fatigues.

Works, taking place earlier this afternoon, came grinding to a complete halt when twelve activists in kayaks broke through the security line that consisted of nine high speed security boats. The activists managed to tactfully circumnavigate security boats for approximately two and a half hours, which effectively halted Shell dredging works for a considerable period of time.

After numerous attempts by Gardai to secure an arrest, they eventually managed to drag one man from his inflatable Kayak. The man, in his fifties, is reported to have been halting a dredger conveying silt into a barge, and thus stopping afternoon work.

This current work being carried out by Shell is likely to signify the impeding arrival of the Solitaire; at over 400 meters long the Solitaire is the largest pipe laying vessel in the world, and its expected presence in Co. Mayo will undoubtedly provoke formidable resistance.

At this point in the project, all dredging works carried out in Rossport are likely to be held as sacrosanct by Shell’s board of directors, and conversely seen as detrimental by the Irish public.


author by lenkapublication date Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

well done!
u are great, thanks for your determination and courage, it is an inspiration and empowering to see that if we stick together we can make a change.
hopefully much more people will join you in rossport soon!!

author by anarkitty - cork shell 2 seapublication date Wed Jun 03, 2009 14:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

successful kayak action took place overnight
i received a text update from a comrade at the shell 2 sea camp in mayo this morning which read as follows:
"a result! thanks for all the help: at 6:30 pm two of the twelve kayakers boarded the dredger in broadhaven bay stopping work. the pair spent all night on the arm of the crane, coming down at 4 am. work stopped for that whole time. (dredging work had been continuous in the bay since 9pm monday evening). both are well, have been arrested and charged with section 8, and now are released. please spread the good news. camp x"

author by old codger - pensionerpublication date Wed Jun 03, 2009 15:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Here it is again solid proof that Irelands Gardai are traitors to the Irish people that they are suposed to serve and protect.
A TV 3 propaganda campaign full of lies and deceipt, to allow them to use violence or whatever method they choose to help Fianna Fail and Shell to steal from the Irish nation.
Are there no gardai left that have integrity and honesty? If there is just one individual with the courage to stop crime being commited then let him or her speak out.

author by blublupublication date Wed Jun 03, 2009 15:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Wow! I wish I had stayed. Feckin GREAT! fab fab fab. Keep it up you brilliant bunch. Can't wait till i get back up! wooooohhhhhooooooo.


author by cinnamollpublication date Wed Jun 03, 2009 16:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Fair play guys!
brilliant news on the continued resistance. I had an amazing time with ye at the weekend, and my shoulders are still stiff from the kayaking practice but when the solitaire shows up I'll be back.
Viva les Pirates!

author by 1 of supportersssspublication date Wed Jun 03, 2009 16:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

are there any updates?
is everyone all right?

well done, well done, great, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

author by Crustinapublication date Wed Jun 03, 2009 20:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Victory to the courageous cockleshell flotilla, afloat to protect Erris from the Mammonite monsters. Seeing what Shell have wrought in other oil provinces shows quite clearly that they care nothing for life or environment, only for money. It it disgusting to witness the Garda brutality and harrassment of law abiding, conscientious critics of the Great Gas Giveaway.

author by The Foxpublication date Thu Jun 04, 2009 06:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

For anyone interested to read about the ongoing struggle of the conflict, between the Nigerian government and the area's main militant group: The Delta militants (MEND: 'Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta'), read an article in the May 30th-June 5th 2009 issue of "The Economist" page 46, out on shelves now, in some news agents. "MEND has told all foreign oil wokers to leave the region for their own safety". "MEND's main aim is to fight for a fairer share of the country's oil revenue to the dirt- poor people who live in the area". (sounds like what we want for our people in Rossport and Glengad and affected areas, in fact for the whole country, re: the 'Irish Gas'). " The fighting is mainly in the southern Delta state near the Escravos oil terminal, run by an Amercan oil company, Chevron". As I recall Shell was a huge contributor to the tensions in this area, which resulted in the murders of local people by the Nigerian government in the alledged complicity with Shell. ( A court case pending/on-going in the USA between Shell and and the people affected).
This all sounds very familiar with the situation we have in Glengad. Is that what they want? Militant confrontation or a peacefull solution? We want a peacefull solution, a renegotiation of the terms of the big gas give away by our own government.
We will continue to fight you Shell for every inch of ground in Glengad. Neither the Government wants to listen to the people (what's new, they always do what they want to do, no matter what the people say. Wach out for the 5th June 2009 elections. You might just get a wake up call.
(All quotations are taken from The Economist article mentioned above. I added my own comments)

author by Billy Idlepublication date Thu Jun 04, 2009 07:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I know individuals up their are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend their community against one of the worlds worst corporate rapists and their state goons. It is also apparent that Shell and their state security apparatus are quiet prepared to spill the blood of irish citizens and take away every right they have. So yes, the situation is becoming more and more like the Niger Delta unfortunatly

author by maverickpublication date Fri Jun 05, 2009 07:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

as a conservative, middle-class, opportune share-buying, dividend-dependent, filthy capitalist - may i recommend to all supporters of SHELL TO SEA the article in today's FT.

'Give the people their resource wealth' by Nicholas Shaxson.

he is author of Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil.

Martin Sandbu is economics leader writer for the Financial Times


you might just surprise yourselves enough to pause the cliched, trendy lefty anti-establishment rantings. open your minds to alternatives.

“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear" - George Orwell

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/92555
author by Marc Springpublication date Fri Jun 05, 2009 21:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Maverick, I took your advice and checked out the FT article. I'll ignore for now your rather patronising comments about our fellow Indymedia posters and focus on the article. It's refreshing to have a debate on a real issue, how we ought to manage our publicly owned natural resources.

I found the article, essentially, to be a radical right-wing libertarian argument for the direct distribution of oil revenues to all citizens, bypassing public services. But experience worldwide of transfers of public property into private hands have been almost always disastrous, for everyone except the large established private interests who eventually scoop up the dough. If this were implemented it would fuel a massive consumer boom, with exactly some of the same effects decried by the FT luminaries, followed by a megabust.

It's not surprising that this zany proposal is "not yet taken seriously" in policy circles - mind you, some of what now passes for policy would have been laughed off the stage in the 1970's as ridiculously right-wing and patently against the public interest. It's amazing what you can get into public policy if you throw enough money at neoliberal think-tanks. There will always be the excitable intellectuals who will queue up to back these ideas - Susan George calls these "Just Add Water!" solutions to the world's problems. Fantasy land.

The article does name check the Norwegian model - which has a proven track record of investment of natural resource revenues for the public good - before dismissing it as unworkable elsewhere. Why? Norwegian "self restraint" is cited. The inference is that "self restraint" somehow lacking in Nigerians and East Timorese people. This is a cultural assumption worth examining, reminiscent of those cultural assumptions which underlay, and were fostered by, the British Empire and other colonial projects. Pink-skinned Europeans and in particular Nordic nations were held up by these empires and by Nazi Germany as the most 'Aryan' of all peoples, with the poverty created by the Empires blamed on a lack of self-restraint in the oppressed. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Maverick, you urge us to read the article and open our minds to alternatives. Having done so, I would urge you in turn to come to Rossport! See for yourself and make up your own mind! See real people, decent people, working with hope and sincerity for the good of their community and country! Bring your dissent, you will get a welcome!

You might just surprise yourself by discovering a streak of true nonconformity, and standing up for the truth! :-)

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