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ShelltoSea.com: This is a case of the people versus Corporate/State power.

People in Erris, across the country, and internationally have been working flat out to ensure the Corrib gas project WILL NOT go ahead as planned. They refuse to be bullied by the might and arrogance of global corporate power and their political allies.

There is more evidence than ever that the planned gas pipeline and terminal will bring horrific environmental, health, safety, social, economic and political consequences. Far from being a local issue as elements of the media sometimes suggest, this is an issue of international significance and its ramifications will be felt the length and breath of Ireland for generations to come.

People from the Erris region of Mayo have been living with this nightmarish prospect day and night for several years now. They have been intimidated, threatened and even jailed for their refusal to be walked on. Throughout this ongoing ordeal these people continue to demonstrate strength, dignity and courage in the face of enormous adversity. In doing so they have inspired people from Ireland and abroad to reclaim the power that we hold as individuals, citizens and communities.

The growing hell to Sea ntwork represents a formidable and determined force for change that is growing in size and confidence by the day.

The determination and commitment for action is reflected in the dedication of the activists from the Rossport Solidarity Camp, which will soon celebrate one year of non-violent resistance. Camp representatives have spent the last year holding vigil in Mayo as well as touring universities and colleges in Ireland and the UK and attending grassroots conventions in Venezeula, Italy and beyond. They are now prepared for what is increasingly being seen as the final showdown in the coming weeks and months.

This is a case of the people versus Corporate/State power. The convergence of these two powerful forces is likely to be a turning point in the history of our nation. It is about our values, our resources, our rights, our culture and our natural heritage. It is about the right to live in a safe, peaceful and healthy environment.

It is imperative that all who believe in a world that values people before profit

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