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GAS PIPELINE PROTESTS IN WALES

In an echo of the ongoing controversy in Mayo by 'Shell to Sea' campaigners protests have continued over the construction of pipeline from West Wales to Gloucestershire. In 2005 the Celtic League AGM expressed concern about the way government and police in Ireland had responded to community concerns. With the

Cathal Ó Luain pour Celtic League le 17/02/07 20:35

In an echo of the ongoing controversy in Mayo by 'Shell to Sea' campaigners protests have continued over the construction of pipeline from West Wales to Gloucestershire.

In 2005 the Celtic League AGM expressed concern about the way government and police in Ireland had responded to community concerns. With the situation in Mayo unresolved and the ongoing situation in Wales the matter seems likely to be revisited at this years AGM - currently planned to take place in Cymru this summer.

Police action resulted in the arrest of a number of environmental campaigners at today's protest after the campaigners evaded security and entered the South Hook liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal near Milford Haven.

Thirteen people were arrested for offences relating to aggravated trespass and are currently being questioned by police. One protesters was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage

Protests have already been held against the 190-mile (306 km) pipeline and these seem likely to intensify as last week the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) gave the go-ahead for the second phase of the project which will pass through part of the Brecon Beacons

Last year work an initial phase of the project was halted by demonstrators who climbed inside the pipe at Trebanos in the Swansea Valley.

National Grid who are constructing the pipeline that will span the breadth of Wales say it will attract new business and industry however campaigners are unconvinced and believe it poses an unnecessary danger and environmental risk.

J B Moffatt Director of Information Celtic League

14/02/07

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