Erin Brockovich against Shell in Ireland

This video from Ireland is called Shell in Mayo: A New Nigeria?

From British daily The Guardian:

Brockovich urges Shell to reroute gas pipeline in Ireland

Former legal clerk backs campaign opposing county Mayo development

* Press Association

* Friday September 19 2008 15:27 BST

Erin Brockovich, the campaigner who was immortalised in an Oscar-winning film, today urged oil giant Shell to reroute a controversial gas pipeline in the west of Ireland.

The former legal clerk, who famously took on a major power company accused over toxic leaks, gave her backing to campaigners opposing the development in north county Mayo.

Brockovich said the pipeline should be relocated if it affected residents’ health or property. …

“There is no compromise when it comes to health and safety, and Shell should respect that,” Brockovich said.

“If it is family land or some type of heritage land or preserved land, they’ve got to go around it.” …

Brockovich was portrayed by the actor Julia Roberts in the 2000 hit movie after winning a multi-million dollar legal battle against the energy firm PG&E for families affected by contaminated water in a Californian town.

She said she was confident that a compromise between the campaigners and Shell could be reached after discussing the matter with Irish environment minister and Green Party leader, John Gormley.

Brockovich also said a 10-day hunger strike by campaigner Maura Harrington was not the most effective way to reach a resolution.

Harrington, a retired school principal, called off her drastic action today when a pipe-laying ship left Irish waters.

The Shell to Sea demonstrators oppose attempts to lay a pipeline which will transport untreated and odourless gas from the Corrib gas field to an inland refinery because of health and environmental fears.

“I completely understand their concerns,” Brockovich said. “I deal with issues in the United States where pipelines have been put in, they’ve leaked and created health problems.

“Many people are in favour of progress, but they’re not in favour of progress to the point where you degrade our environment and jeopardise our public health and safety.”

9 thoughts on “Erin Brockovich against Shell in Ireland

  1. Pingback: NATO’s oily Shell new strategy | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Joschka Fischer, from Green to wars and Big Oil | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Irish Labour Party crisis for joining austerity coalition government | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Erin Brockovich on West Virginia water pollution | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Pro Shell anti environment thugs in Ireland | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Shell has Irish environmentalist arrested | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Donald Trump’s, Tony Blair’s private prisons | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Shell forces workers to attend Trump rally | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.