Watching the World: Protests mire Irish gas line

Shell Exploration & Production Ireland continues to face problems over the development of its Corrib natural gas project, 70 km off Ireland.The last time we looked at this project, a handful of farmers in County Mayo were objecting to the construction of a 9 km pipeline to carry the natural gas across their lands (OGJ, Mar. 28, 2005, p. 28).At the time, there seemed to be a puckish side to the story-replete with references to Irish charm and fairy tales. Now, things have become less charming, the fairies seem to have deserted the landscape, and few eyes in Ireland are smiling.Protestors arrestedIn late June, five men-farmers Willie Corduff, Philip McGrath, and Brendan Philbin and reti...

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