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Rising Tide disrupt Shell in Bristol

Bristol and Bath Rising Tide | 02.04.2010 12:13 | Climate Chaos | Ecology | Repression

Activists from Bristol and Bath Rising Tide visited the Shell garage in Muller Road, Eastville at 8.30am yesterday to highlight the repression experienced by communities in County Mayo, Ireland who are trying to stop Shell building an onshore high pressure pipeline and gas refinery.

The community in Erris, County Mayo has seen continued harassment and intimidation by Gardai and Shell security, as well as the unlawful arrest and targeted jailing of key campaigners. In February fisherman Pat O'Donnell was sentenced to 7 months in jail for convictions of “breach of the peace” and of "obstructing a Garda". The community has been fighting this project for over a decade. Construction of the gas refinery has resulted in the pollution of the local drinking water. Untreated waste chemicals from the refinery, including lead, mercury, arsenic and radon would be pumped into Broadhaven Bay despite it being a designated Special Area of Conservation. 1

The action was part of Fossil Fools Day, a global day of creative action against corporations who contribute to and profit from climate change. 2

Rachel Keevil from Rising Tide, chasing another activist with a large section of pipe, said “Shell are climate criminals. The gas pipeline in County Mayo will damage the environment and threaten the health and livelihoods of local people; all for the profit of Shell. It’s a pipeline to disaster.”

This street theatre was clearly a ridiculous representation of very serious events but opened up a space for talking with the public about the issues, many of whom took genuine interest, some saying they were inspired to write to Pat in prison.


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Thank you for your action.

02.04.2010 23:59

A sincere thank you to all in Rising Tide who work to highight what Shell are trying to impose on a beautiful unspoilt corner of north Mayo.

The fossil fools have learned nothing from their widespread destruction of pristine environments all over the world. That said, Shell had intended that gas would flow from the Corrib field in 2003; their most recent schedule revision is 2011/2012 - our own view is No Pasaran!

This struggle is now in its second decade. With local community resolve and the very wecome help of international activists let's continue No Pasaran!

Thanks again.

Maura Harrington. Spokesperson Shell to Sea. +353 87 959 1474 (mobile)

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I wouldn't lean on top of the pump...

04.04.2010 22:47

I used to work in a garage -- The top's of the pumps are highly charged with static that builds up over time from the friction of the fuel moving through the rubber tubes under pressure. This is fine as the pump's interior is grounded so there is not risk. We further ensured that during any maintenence, calibration or audit checks on the pump's meters, that the pump was isolated and then the casing was grounded too.

but if you are wearing a synthetic material such as Nylon the you can pick this up from the pump's casing - this can be a big charge - like walking for several minutes in rubber shoes on a synthetic carpet. The resultant spark if you touch anything that is grounded could ignite as petrol fumes.

Its not that likely but it has happened. Petrol stations are a lot more dangerous than people think.

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