Shell machine finally free

ine Ryan

SHELL’S giant tunnel boring machine was towed from an isolated crossroads in north Mayo this evening after a massive 12 hour operation by Mayo County Council and oil company experts to remove it. The 170 tonne truck and machine had been stuck at the narrow Glenamoy crossroads since it.

At 4.30am this morning over 100 garda escorted a convoy of heavy vehicles to the crossroads for the operation, which involved widening the road to facilitate the removal of the truck.

The machine, which is called Fionnuala, after The Children of Lr, was brought to the main project site for the refinery at Bellanaboy and not to its original destination, where the subsea tunnel is to be dug for the raw gas.

At 4.30am this morning over 100 garda escorted a convoy of heavy vehicles to the isolated Glenamoy crossroads in a bid to free Shell’s giant tunnel boring machine.

A spokesman for Rossport Solidarity Camp said the garda implemented checkpoints from about ten kilometres away at Bangor Erris. Veteran campaigner, , and the rear window of her van was smashed when she declined to exit it. The van was subsequently impounded and Ms Harrington was detained at Belmullet Garda jordan 7 Station but released later. She was charged with public order and driving offences.

In a statement Shell E Ireland said it ‘apologises once again to the local community and to all road users who were inconvenienced by this incident’.

“The operation to remove the vehicle, which was carrying jordan 11 part of the Corrib tunnel boring machine, was successfully completed at approximately 3pm this afternoon.

Ms Betty Schult said she travelled the round trip of 100 miles to Castlebar this afternoon to view the special permit jordan 9 by appointment with the Assistant County Secretary.

“Just as I landed in the carpark I got a phone call to say it was not available and had been removed from the file. I was told they would provide it on Tuesday,” Ms Schult said.

Rossport resident, Mary Corduff said a council engineer told her that the bridge had not been surveyed. Reportedly, the jack knifed lorry proceeded to the Glenamoy crossroads after it failed to make a turn to its destination at Aughoose, the site for the subsea tunnel works that will connect the raw gas to the inland refinery.

“This whole fiasco is further proof that this community is under siege and has had valid worries for 12 years about Corrib gas.

Spokesman for Pobal Chill Chomin, John Monaghan, said two of An Bord Pleanla’a conditions for granting planning permission for the controversial project had been flouted.

“Condition 21 stipulates that all roads affected directly and indirectly by the project must be surveyed and Condition 13 states that relevant information must be in the public domain. Over the last few days residents have been given the run around over the special permits granted for this operation,” Mr Monaghan said.