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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Shell to Sea Statement


26 June 2006

Thursday marks the first anniversary of the imprisonment of the
Rossport Five. The issues that led to the men’s jailing remain as unresolved
as ever. Despite their claims, Shell, Statoil and Marathon continue to
refuse to listen to the demands of the communities directly affected by
their proposed project in North Mayo. It is now clear that Shell has
refused the compromise solution of an off-shore processing of the Corrib
gas. The consequence is that, because they do not have the consent of
those communities for their present proposal, Shell’s project cannot

The resolve and determination of the communities is stronger than ever
before. The willingness of the Rossport Five to go to jail last year
illustrates the extent to which Shell’s project will be opposed. The
campaign against that project is united and resolute and has further grown
in support over the last year.

It must be emphasised once again that the Shell to Sea campaign favours
exploiting Ireland’s natural gas reserves. In addition, we support in
principle the development of the Corrib gas project. However, we want to
see the benefits of this project better secured for the country as a
whole and, more particularly, for County Mayo. Crucially, we also want to
ensure the very highest standards of health and safety.

The key determiners of that standard are the people to be directly effected. As the
recent Irish Times poll showed, opposition to Shell’s project is backed
by the large majority of the Irish people. It is time for Shell and the
government to listen to the people and completely reconfigure this

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