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The Times: Police break up gas plant protest

November 10, 2007

Several hundred police overpowered about 300 protesters who tried to block construction of a natural-gas processing plant in western Ireland. Three protesters were arrested and another was taken to hospital as officers cleared a sit-down protest at the gates of Royal Dutch Shell’s planned refinery in the unpopulated bogland of Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, police said.

Shell to Sea, a group that has mounted several similar protests since construction of the Bellanaboy facility began 13 months ago, said that a lorry carrying Shell workers ran over a protester’s foot. The protest was timed to coincide with the 12th anniversary of the execution in Nigeria of nine antiShell campaigners, including Ken Saro-Wiwa, the writer.

The Green Party, which opposed the project while in opposition, has accepted it since joining the Government in June. Shell is building a pipeline to deliver raw natural gas from the Corrib field, about 80km (50 miles) off northwest Mayo, to Bellanaboy. (AP) and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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