Watching the World: Seeking green in Ireland

St. Patrick'a Day has barely come and gone, and we hear of troubles over natural gas in the Emerald Isle. Indeed, several farmers in Rossport, County Mayo, are standing in the way of Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s Corrib gas field project, 70 km off Ireland.The farmers object to a 9 km section of pipeline, which will run under their lands from the field. Shell has gone to Ireland’s High Court to seek an injunction against the objectors. It claims to have the consent of all but 7 of 35 landowners needed.Corrib’s discovery in 1996 was hailed as the beginning of an era in Irish energy development and was welcomed as a boost to the County Mayo economy.The discovery was the first ...

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