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The Pipe

April 27, 2011

In a remote corner of the West of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is
the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and
the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the mouth of the bay against
the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of
Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport, which nestles behind
the dunes. However, this peaceful tranquility belies the turmoil that
lies beneath, and the unique nature of the coastline which has
sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to
Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline.

In the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland, the rights
of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing
grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the worlds most
powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their state to
protect their rights, they find that the state has put Shell’s right
to lay a pipeline over their own.

The Pipe is a story of a community tragically divided, and how they
deal with a pipe that could bring economic prosperity or destruction
of a way of life shared for generations.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Kelly Fuller permalink
    April 27, 2011 9:38 pm

    This is an inspiring documentary and very relevant to the Keystone XL struggle. I saw it in Maryland at a film festival, and afterwards I asked the filmmaker why he thought the people in the small rural community were willing to fight so hard. He said that he thought it was because of their deep connection to the land and the Irish people’s hundreds of years of struggle about land ownership. The film shows how courageous and strong everyday people can be.

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