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Once Upon a Time in the West: The Corrib Gas Controversy Paperback – 30 Sep 2010

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Ireland; First Edition edition (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848270941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848270947
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,283,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The definitive story of the battle between oil giant Shell and a small Irish farming community over the location of an onshore gas pipeline.

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In a rural community in the west of Ireland, a bitter struggle continues between a multinational oil and gas giant and a small group of local residents.

In 1996 Enterprise Energy Ireland - which was later bought by Shell - discovered a significant reserve of natural gas off the coast of County Mayo. The local community welcomed the find, hoping it would bring significant benefits to the area. However, as details of the Corrib gas field project began to emerge, many people became concerned. There were fears about the safety of the inshore gas terminal and linking pipeline and about their effects on the environment.

As the project wound its way tortuously through the planning system, local opposition grew, culminating in the jailing in 2005 of five local residents, who became known as the Rossport Five. This galvanized the protestors, and north Mayo became a simmering cauldron of discontent, which has seen arrests and violent incidents continue to this day.

Irish Times correspondent Lorna Siggins has been reporting on the controversy from the outset. No one is better placed to unravel the twists and turns of this fascinating human drama and its political, cultural and environmental shockwaves.

In a rapidly changing Ireland this epic struggle between big business and local interests raises an uncomfortable question: what price are we willing to pay for progress?

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