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Shell drilling stopped for 5 hours – as Beat the Boreholes continues

category mayo | environment | news report author Wednesday August 04, 2010 23:00author by R & S - RSCauthor email rossportsolidaritycamp at gmail dot comauthor phone 0851141170 Report this post to the editors

This morning 11 people from Rossport Solidarity Camp waded and kayaked out from the camp to again delay Shell’s survey work in Sruwaddacon Estuary. Overall drilling work was stopped for over 5 hours, with one person climbing up one of the legs of the drilling platforms. Several people also attached themselves to the 2 outer drilling poles which are under the platforms.

The campers went out before 7am to prevent workers getting access to the platform and held the platform for about 4 hours before being removed by IRMS security. Despite only 11 protestors being present, it took 50 IRMS to come before they could secure the area. After about 5 hours the drilling workers got on board and started preparing the drilling operation. Eventually they started drilling at around 1pm, despite the climber still being perched at the side of the platform. They drilled for approximately an hour before the climber came down and swam back to shore.

The drilling platforms are currently in a vital part of the SAC; close to bird feeding and nesting sites. At this time the estuary is also used as a migration route for Atlantic Salmon which are an Annex 1 species (the most protected EU category). They are very vulnerable to suffocation by suspended solids in the water clogging their gills and today we saw evidence of sediment spewing into the estuary from the boreholes. Movement of the platforms will also release suspended solids; endangering the susposedly protected salmon. This directly contravenes the purpose of the SAC which Minister Gormley seems to conveniently forget when it comes to facilitating big business here in Mayo but likes to remind us at other times such as on 2nd August in relation to restricting leisure activities to protect SAC's, the Minister said;
“Along with other EU States, Ireland has designated certain areas for nature protection and, in those areas, that must be our priority. Many people, indeed, find recreation in the enjoyment of undisturbed nature,” he concluded .
Indeed Gormley, that is what the people of Erris have been saying for 10 years; its time to protect this SAC from Shell!

John Gormley's recent press release:

Related Link: http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org

Initial scramble to under the rig
Initial scramble to under the rig


IRMS removing people from under the platform
IRMS removing people from under the platform


author by R & S - RSCpublication date Wed Aug 04, 2010 23:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors



Gardaí arrive
Gardaí arrive


Gardaí hanging out on the Shell boats
Gardaí hanging out on the Shell boats

Climber swimming ashore
Climber swimming ashore

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com
author by anonpublication date Sat Aug 07, 2010 14:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Garda and Shell hand in glove ,sickening.

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