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Irish Daily Mirror: PIPELINE CRUSADER FIGHTS ON

ANDREW GREGORY, The Mirror
Published: Saturday Jan 27, 2007

A CAMPAIGNER who spent three months in jail battling oil giant Shell was defiant last night despite the latest setback.

The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday gave the firm permission to run a pipeline from the offshore Corrib gas field.

It paves the way for Shell to get a licence to start the EUR900million project.

But campaigner Vincent McGrath – one of the Rossport Five – vowed to fight on.

Mr McGrath, 58, told the Irish Daily Mirror he would return to jail if necessary.

He added: “If that’s what it takes, then I would go back. Shell said they would only do this with the consent of the people, and they don’t have it.

“We have no choice but to continue. The environment and our health are at stake. We are determined to stop the licence being granted.”

Mr McGrath, Michael O’Seighin, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff and James Philbin spent 94 days in jail in 2005 for refusing to abandon their protest.

In their statement the EPA said it was satisfied emissions “will not adversely affect human health or the environment and will meet relevant national and EU standards.”

Objectors now have 28 days to lodge their objections before the final decision on granting the licence is made by the EPA.

Shell To Sea campaign spokesman Mark Garavan said: “The local people will be continuing their protests, they are the ones who have to live with this.”

Shell welcomed the EPA’s decision and said the local economy was already benefitting from the project.

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