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State to make effort to break Shell to Sea picket - Solidarity Call

October the Second, 10.20 p.m.
Large numbers of police are now in Belmullet, the town nearest to Shell’s gas refinery development in Ballinaboy, north-west Mayo, Ireland.
Tomorrow, Tuesday’s picket of the refinery site is to start at midnight tonight.

The death of the great Icelandic wilderness has begun

With tears in my eyes i write these words I never believed I would. The flooding of Kárahnjúkar has now begun.

Showdown with Shell (at Rossport) - updates of last days

Ballanaboy 1
Ballanaboy 2

26.8.06
People power and peaceful resistance effectively completely defeated Shell’s first concerted effort to break the picket at the refinery site at Bellanaboy this morning. Early signs that a confrontation was imminent were apparent by the dawn arrival of seven carloads of extra security guards who sped into the compound. People on alert began to determinedly gather in front of the gates and banners and placards were distributed in readiness for the long prepared for initial showdown.

Shell attempting refinery work...protests planned

Latest News from Shell to Sea and the Rossport Solidarity Camp:

Stay tuned to www.ShelltoSea.com and www.IndyMedia.ie for more...

Shell are threatening to start work at the Bellinaboy site, where they intend to build a giant refinery to process Corrib gas onshore. There are daily pickets at the entrance to the site, and local people are adamant that the work can not be started without their consent.

Shell Still Stopped in Ireland

Shell main gate picket in Mayo

Latest news on the struggle against Shell in the West of Ireland. Large numbers at pickets prevent entry into refinery construction site. Shell’s public relations efforts come to naught.

Hill of Tara - Ireland's ancient Pagan nervecentre

camp map
camp map

Skryne Valley, near Tara Hill, is Ireland's 'Valley of the Kings' and the cultural and political nervecentre of Ireland's Pagan past. But in spite of this Meath County Council, backed up by the central government in Dublin, wishes to build a motorway through Co. Meath's scenic Skryne Valley, destroying at least 40 archaeological sites linked directly to the history of Tara Hill in the construction process. More information about this outrage against Ireland's archaeological heritage on

Belgian: Borsbeek Activists Need Urgent Support

After three weeks of logging of oaks and piecemeal evictions of treehouses in Borsbeek Fortress III action camp, many trees are still standing. The forest is being destroyed because they are in the way of Antwerp Airport, a small business airport which wants to upgrade and allow for larger planes to land. GroenFront! has occupied the forest, a habitat of endangered bats, to prevent it's destruction. A larger scale police action (but not a full eviction) is expected for this coming Monday (Aug. 28th).

Belgium: Borsbeek Forest Occupation Eviction Threat

26.08.2006

After three weeks of logging of oaks and piecemeal evictions of treehouses in Borsbeek Fortress III action camp, many trees are still standing. The forest is being destroyed because they are in the way of Antwerp Airport, a small business airport which wants to upgrade and allow for larger planes to land. GroenFront! has occupied the forest, a habitat of endangered bats, to prevent it's destruction. A larger scale eviction is expected for this coming Monday (Aug. 28th)

BELGIUM: BORSBEEK FORTRESS FOREST HANGING ON - URGENT CALL FOR HELP

After three weeks of logging of oaks and piecemeal evictions of treehouses in Borsbeek Fortress III action camp, many trees are still standing. The forest is being destroyed because they are in the way of Antwerp Airport, a small business airport which wants to upgrade and allow for larger planes to land. GroenFront! has occupied the forest, a habitat of endangered bats, to prevent it's destruction.
Over the past three weeks activists have been delaying the 'forest maintenance' significantly by chaining themselves to barricades or the logger's machinery and by occupying trees using walkways, platforms and swings. Officially the clearcutting of oaks (there is no permit for other trees) is called "forest maintenance". This particular form of maintenance keeps about 40cm of the trees standing.

1 SEPTEMBER - INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST THE ICELANDIC STATE AND ALCOA

No matter the environmental and social cost, no matter the ever increasing protests from the Icelandic and international communities and the intensifying warnings fom the scientific sector, the Icelandic government is hellbent on going ahead with its plan to inundate the projected Hálslón reservoir at Kárahnjúkar between 15-30 September.

Scots Going to the Camp for Climate Action

Scottish activists are travelling to the Climate Action Camp to give workshops, cook and learn how to stop climate chaos. There are buses from Glasgow (Thursday) and Edinburgh (Friday).

As part of the fight against climate change, people will be gathering near Leeds next week as part of the Camp for Climate Action. Biodiesel-powered Buses will travel from Glasgow on Thursday 24th and Edinburgh on Friday 25th to Megawatt Valley in Yorkshire, in the shadow of the single greatest emitter of CO2 in the UK, Drax coal-fired power station.

The resistance continues out west; a round up of news from Rossport Solidarity Camp and the Shell to Sea campaign

A round up of news from the Rossport Solidarity Camp and the Shell to Sea Campaign; Shell intends to start work soon, a meaningless report from the government appointed mediator, rerouting the pipeline, the picket continues, residents resolve to keep SHELL OUT, an August bank holiday gathering on the Camp and a wee stroll to Dublin...phew!

Saving Iceland Protest camp over

Iceland sunset

Closing statement from the summer 2006 Saving Iceland/Friends of Iceland protest camp:
20 August 2006

This summer’s protest camp is disbanding but the fight must go on.

Saving Iceland action invades Alcoa

16.08.2006

The Icelandic highlands are the last great expanse of true wilderness left in Western Europe. Now the country's hydroelectric potential has been targeted by multinational corporations, who intend to establish large-scale heavy industry in these hitherto pristine hinterlands. Join the protest camp.

Iceland Action Camp update

An international action camp in Iceland's eastern highlands against the destruction of this last great wilderness in Europe for the production of aluminium has been in progress since the 21st July. There have been other previous news postings, so I will just add the latest news...