Shell seems to have a penchant for getting its PR wrong. Many believe its case for sinking the Brent Spar oil rig was environmentally sound, but that it lost the PR battle because the public placed greater trust in Greenpeace. Now it has egg on its face again. After having won a court order restraining five local residents from obstructing work on the Shell Corrib gas pipeline, the residents have now been jailed indefinitely for contempt of court.
Update: Local discussion on Castlebar.ie. Thanks to Setanta below for the heads up”Shell’s managing director Andy Pyle told Morning Ireland this morning that they had tried to resolve the situation (sound file), but that the people concerned had not responded to their attempts make contact.
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