November 05, 2006
A DISTURBING feature of the Corrib gas dispute has been gross misrepresentation of the Shell to Sea campaign by the Irish press.
I participated recently in one of the daily protests in Rossport, and can say that the “Shell to Sea thugs” and the technophobic troglodytes of Rossport are, in fact, ordinary citizens who believe that the conveyance of untreated, highly toxic gas under enormous pressures in pipes close to their homes presents a health hazard.
It is this that impels them to brave the intimidating garda presence in a display of exemplary civic responsibility. Noel Dempsey has attacked the campaigners on their unwillingness to dialogue with Shell. Is the minister unaware of the utter futility of such “dialogue” as long as Shell refuses to consider the only option that would ensure the maintenance of Erris as a healthy environment for human habitation: the offshore processing of the Corrib Basin reserves? Shell has not advanced a single convincing reason against it.
Dr Tomas Mac Siomoin