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Protestors blockade Corrib Natural Gas building

Corrib building blockaded as Shell AGM held in The Hague and London

Áine Ryan: 17 May 2011

AS ROYAL Dutch Shell holds its AGM in The Hague and London today (Tuesday),  protestors blockaded the Corrib Natural Gas building in Belmullet, to highlight the giant oil company’s huge profits.

The small group of Shell to Sea and Rossport Solidarity Camp protestors stopped workers from entering or exiting the building from about 7.30am.

A Shell spokeswoman confirmed there were company personnel already in the building and that some work continued.

The protestors were peacefully removed, without incident, shortly before noon, after a team of IRMS (Integrated Risk Management Services) security guards arrived. Earlier, retired Garda Supt Pat Doyle, now working for IRMS, had negotiated with the group.

“The proposed Corrib Gas Project in Erris is a case of environmental injury piled on economic insult; Shell to Sea will continue its campaign to renegotiate the terms which give away our oil and gas for next to nothing,” Shell to Sea spokeswoman, Maura Harrington said.

She said the protest wanted to highlight the fact that every hour Shell accumulates another £1.6 million (€1.83.m).

The Royal Dutch Shell AGM was held in The Hague, with an audio-visual link to a satellite meeting in London.

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