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The Sleepy Irish Village That Challenged Shell Over Controversial Pipeline


Environment  (tags: environment, ecosystems, media, activists, energy, habitatdestruction, habitat, humans, protection, nature, world, conservation )

Cal
- 1277 days ago - theecologist.org
A ten-year campaign opposing a Shell gas pipeline in a remote cornor of Ireland is documented in a major new film - The Pipe - and has become a focal point for a community's right to oppose corporations and central government



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Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 10:48 pm
This Filmmaker needs to boogie over to Eucador and do a film on the ecological nightmare that Texaco did in that region...just for the record and as a benchmark on the NEW standards the world is demanding for THEIR PLANET!
 

Noreen k-Potts (21)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:13 pm
Good for them!


 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:24 pm
Great feelgood story, Cal, thanks so much for posting it. Sometimes the 'little people' do win these battles.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:39 am
This film should be shown all over the world.
 

Cristina M. (132)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 3:54 am
Great story! Shows how we the people can make a difference despite of being "small". Bravo!
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 4:50 am
good for them! thanks Cal. noted
 

Tommy Dahlgren (2)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:04 pm
Signed and noted!
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:19 pm
good for them!!!
 

T Davey (1)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:22 pm
I wish you could see this beautiful bay and countryside, quiet, unspoilt, on the edge of Europe and our government sold a national natural resource to Shell. Had it been harvested properly, it may have been part of our national recovery. These people are to be admired for their selfless determination.
 

William R. (20)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:26 pm
Its a great day for the Irish. Just love it when big corperations get it stuck to them.
 

. (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:31 pm
I see that sign in the background, if it read the truth it would say, "Shell only cares about money, screw your health, safety and the environment." Then at least they would be telling the truth. The oil companies should have to pay from their incredibly obscene profits for all of the suffering they are leaving behind.
 

Chris McCabe (35)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:32 pm
Since 2005, I've been visiting Rossport to support the the brave people in this campaign, & the environmental & human rights abuses committed by Shell, their contractors, & Gardaí (Irish police) would fill a small book. Fair play to the people who are fighting for all our rights. Come & visit Mayo!
 

Regina P. (79)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:32 pm
Noted. Old mother oil trying to take over again. Praise to the people
 

Chris McCabe (35)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:37 pm
http://petitions.contact.ie/content/suspend-work-corrib-gas-project-pending-full-investigation
Please sign & share!
 

Josh Townsend (34)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:04 pm
Awesome story! Thanks Cal!
 

Rita A. (10)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:42 pm
Please forgive me, a woman with dual citizenship, Irish and U.S., a member of my grandmother's Daugherty clan from Derreen, up the mountain from Foxfor in County Mayo. Write I must, out of love and concern for my precious family and friends, back on the 'auld sod'.

A few years back, during the Bushwhacked years, when the U.S. torture m.o. was first revealed, I was home in County Maoy on a visit. My cousin so correctly advised and admonshed me: "You Yanks have had a coup d'etat, and are too naive to recognize it." How right she was.

And, now it appears, my precious Emerald Isle has been infected with the evil staph infection of greed and power addiction that has infected us worldwide, particularly here in what I now call the U.S. of (greed and power) A.(ddiction).

Nothing new, this root of all evil - it's reared its ugly head since the beginning of human history. And today, it's now immersed in oil, oil, oil, and war, war war - oh so profitable for our global and too frequently based in the U.S., villainiare rulers. And, of course, Ireland has suffered economic trauma (as the villainaires got richer), environmental destruction, civil rights dumping into the toilet, etc. etc. etc.

Fight like hell we must, as hard as that may be. I said that very thing to dear Elizabeth Fineran, the sixty-five year old, fully disabled former nun who was dragged in the street until bloody and raw during the Colorado Springs 2007 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Google: Colorado Springs Independent, Jan. 21, 2010, "No Peace or Justice". So.....

Keep up the fight, dear Irish brothers and sisters. BP, with all its connections to the Kochs and Koch suckers like Cheney's Haliburton, will commit every evil crime imaginable to keep their fortunes increasing, and we the sheeple under their total control. God bless and keep you all in your fight for justice and untimate peace.
 

Dianna M. (13)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:44 pm
Good for them! I'm part Irish, you know!
 

Christine A. (57)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:47 pm
Thank you Cal!
My blood just boils when I hear of the bullying tactics of these unscrupulous 'vultures' and their oil obsession. How DARE they override the wishes of the people AND use the police to reinforce their 'right'. If the Gov't. is aiding and abetting them, get rid of the Government at the first opportunity!

We, collectively, have to start fighting these 'monster companies' all over the world if we hope to have any pristine environment left at all! Congratulations to the people in Ireland for their courage and for standing up for their basic rights as citizens of the world. Bravo and continued success!
 

Chris S. (1)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 2:02 pm
"We the People "standing up for what we "Believe In" !! Just a delay at this point for Goliath but David must prepare Battle again for the unknown.
 

Susan S. (191)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 3:04 pm
Thanks for posting.
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 3:12 pm
They might be a small community/village, but they are definitely not sleepy! Good on them and the empowering effort of the documentary maker!
 

Doug C. (51)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 5:09 pm
Corporations are persons I'm told. SCOTUS said so. If thats the case, how does one go about booting them in the nuts?
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 5:30 pm
No to pipelines anywhere!!!
 

Janet K. (94)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 5:40 pm
One small step for mankind...
 

Pamela wilkerson (14)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 7:47 pm
My greatgg grandfather came to America along with his younger brother from Ireland. I am proud be thier Irish!! Way to go. Bravo! : )
 

Ray M. (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 8:34 pm
Bravo. If they can do it, so can we. Let's learn something from this little village. Someone has to stand up to BIG OIL and their puppet politicians.
 

Linda G. (187)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 8:50 pm
Another example of governments putting private profits over the welfare of their people. Kudos to the villagers, boos to the oil industry and we must unite our voices world-wide to cut fossil fuel production and invest in alternate energy....now!
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 10:15 pm
Noted! and signed the petition. Thanks, Cal and Chris. We are all being sold out by our governments, I add my bravo to these villagers and hope Americans can find the spine to do the same!
 

Juliette Calderone (91)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 11:05 pm
Great Story. Thankyou for sharing.
 

Edward M. (8)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 7:30 am
The casual use of the word "sleepy" gives the impression of lazy indifference to the affairs of their Country, and of the World in general.
The actions of these Mayo folk should dispel this myth once and for all.
By the way, it's the same Shell company involved in Nigeria, a Country that has overseen the human rights abuse which has been suffered by the Ogoni peoples opposing Shell's oil rights in their region.
Lets give these people, in Ireland and Nigeria, all the support that we can to attain the victory that they so riichly deserve.
 

Teena Marie (23)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 8:39 pm
I believe it's about time that we all have to make a bold move into working our way towards achieving environmental concerns to it's prime! environmental concerns means protecting the earth against total destruction, protecting the rights of all living creatures thriving under, on & over all the earth, protecting the future of our generations to come , protecting the entirety of human concerns against total annihilation. All government & private projects that jeopardizes the lands, the seas, the air and everything that lives within must be taken serious considerations & thorough studies prior to it's commencement, taking into account human lives, living creatures, nature & it's balance, future prospects, etc. Money is not everything, let's stand firm to fight for everything that concerns our environment because it is tantamount to our very own existence!
 

Julie W. (21)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 1:13 am
So this is not just happening in Third World countries?
 

Sheila D. (25)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 11:14 am
The Irish are a usually a very quiet, easy going people. Obviously, this has got their dander up. Shell, unfortunately, has money, time, and lots of dedicated people to fight for what they want. It's disgusting how they treat the people and land of areas they want to use up. I haven't used Shell products for years because of their indifference to any and all who oppose them.
 

David E. (1)
Thursday March 31, 2011, 2:45 am
Well Done
 
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