[IMC-UK-Features] SchNews feature proposal
legup at rocketmail.com
Sun Jul 11 06:09:48 PDT 2010
I've never done this before, so not too sure on the protocol... I'd like to
propose text below as a feature for the middle column on behalf of SchNews. It's
about the new resistance to Shell's plans in Rossport. There is a version ready
with html etc for if we get the go ahead, but it can be read in plain text
below. Also, will I be notified by email about whether it's been cleared or not,
or is there some other system?
THE HOLE TRUTH
AS SCHNEWS REPORTS FROM THE NEW ROSSPORT FRONTLINE..
There is still plenty of ire left in Ireland as campaigners ready themselves for
another summer of action against Shell and their plans to despoil the coast of
County Mayo with a new gas pipeline (see SchNEWS 719). The project is already a
decade late and three times over budget; pretty impressive for a small community
fighting one of the biggest multinationals in the world.
Previous years’ resistance and obstruction – whilst met with intimidation,
violence, police and legal harassment - have finally led to a rethink at Shell
HQ. Their cunning plan is now to avoid going through the troublesome Rossport
area and instead build underneath the nearby Sruth Fhada Chonn estuary instead.
Preparation for this involves drilling up to 80 boreholes to assess suitability,
with work due to start this month. The site is a Specially Protected Area (and
what self-respecting energy corporation would build anywhere else?), part of the
Broadhaven Bay Special Area of Conservation, and the operation will damage parts
of the estuary, disturbing the local wildlife, particularly Atlantic salmon and
birds found on the intertidal areas.
But, as they have every step of the way, local campaigners and Shell to Sea
activists are planning to stop them (without any extra disturbing of wildlife,
presumably). They are calling for a “continuous mass act of civil disobedience”
and want groups or individuals to pledge to stop a borehole at some time this
The aim is to assemble a rag-tag bag of ‘Shell’s angels’ and assign each
borehole it’s own ‘Beat the Borehole’ group. Actions could range from merely
walking out on the sands for picnic to full-on boarding of drilling rigs.
Due to the tides, and seasonal nature of the job, any disruption that slows the
process down could prevent them getting an adequate survey done this year. Work
has to stop in mid-Oct when the protected Brent Geese arrive for the winter.
The Solidarity Camp is now located on land right next to the estuary. Everyone
is welcome to stay there and equipment / training can be provided. There is also
a camp house and local hostel nearby if camping isn’t for your (sleeping) bag.
* To pledge to Beat a Borehole email/ring the camp Ph: +353 851141170 Email -
rossportsolidaritycamp at gmail.com
** See also www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org ww.shelltosea.com
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