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.
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.”