By Louisa Nesbitt
Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — A protester trying to prevent workers from entering the site of a Royal Dutch Shell Plc natural-gas terminal in western Ireland was injured and taken to a hospital, according to a member of the protest group.
Maura Harrington fell and hit her head today as she tried to pass police at the site in Bellanaboy, near Rossport in County Mayo, Vincent McGrath, a fellow protester, said in a telephone interview.
“She fell back on the road and came down on the back of her head,” McGrath said. Harrington was “concussed” and taken to a hospital, he said, without giving details of her condition.
Work on the terminal intended to process gas from the Corrib gas field has been delayed by opposition from local residents, who want the gas processed off the coast rather than piped ashore. Shell says that can’t be done because the field is too deep and the sea too rough. Five Rossport residents, including McGrath, spent 94 days in jail last year for obstructing construction of the pipeline leading to the terminal.
“There was an injury there this morning and we are investigating all the circumstances in relation to that,” a police spokeswoman said. She declined to comment further.
In a bid to end the dispute, Shell said on Aug. 3 it plans to modify the route of the pipeline. That offer hasn’t satisfied the protesters, who have been trying to keep workers out of the site.
To contact the reporter on this story: Louisa Nesbitt in Dublin at [email protected]
Last Updated: October 13, 2006 07:28 EDT