Bob | 21.07.2011 12:15 | Rossport Solidarity
This bizarre midnight theft happened following a day of action at the semi- state owned peat lands energy company site located near Rossport Solidarity camp Co. Mayo. A total of about 20 people from the local area and supporters from the Rossport Soldarity Camp entered the site and spent over 7 hours stopping work. People split up into small groups, some blocking gates and others climbing under or on top of trucks in what was considered by participants to be a very effective and successful action. There were no arrests. Police were overheard telling each other that they need to "tighten up" and make it clear that they are not there to do Shell's work for them.
Con Coughlan continued, “But it is clear to us that the council and gardai are happy to collude in breaking the law. The whole thing is blatantly dodgy. It is clear that the gardai and the council are more interested in upholding Shell's interest than the law. It seems corruption stretches right down to the bottom.”
The work currently happening at the peatlands site is to extend the road network in preparation for the storage of 125,000 tonnes of peat to be removed from Shell's Aughoose site. This mass peat removal is the next step before the remainder of the controversial pipeline connecting up Bellinaboy refinery to the Corrib gas field is put in place. The peatlands site has been essentially shut down three days in a row due to protests.