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Old 02-08-2012, 01:16 PM
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Default Rossport and Fracking

Have to take issue with earlier comments in this thread running down the Rossport issue as nimbyism and alarmism. This is far from the case, though if one relies on mainstream media for ones worldview it is easy to see how a person might come to think that. It is exactly what the government and Shell would like us to think as it allows them to go ahead with their plans relatively unhindered.
There are direct parallels between the Corrib Gas Project and proposed hydraulic fracturing in the West of Ireland and it is helpful to understand these if one is considering doing something about it.
Here are three very general ones to start with:
Appropriation of natural resources by trans-national corporations at the expense of the Irish people and environment
Ecological damage such as water and air pollution, (as caused during construction of Shell's refinery at Bellinaboy - Carrowmore lake, water supply for the area was contaminated with aluminium.), loss of habitat and biodiversity.
Social damage caused by lack of consultation with local communities.
We are seeing all this up in Mayo and we will see more of the same and worse if fracking is allowed to go ahead in this country.
For people living in communities threatened by the prospect of fracking there are many very valuable lessons to be learned from the people of Erris who have made collosal sacrifices on behalf of the rest of us (even if we are too insensitive, stupid or insulated from reality to see this). We would all be wise to pay attention to these lessons before it is too late.
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