Greenpeace Shutters 77 Shell Gas Stations in Europe
Shell Oil's efforts to drill in the Arctic are being met by strong tactics from Greenpeace.
Greenpeace vs. Shell Oil
Yesterday, July 18, 2012, Greenpeace activists succeeded in shutting down 77 of Shell Oil's gas stations in the U.K., Denmark and Germany. Shell is aiming to begin drilling for Arctic oil within the next three weeks. Last week, Shell's first oil drill rig to enter the Arctic broke from its moorings and drifted ashore at Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Greenpeace lead Arctic Campaigner Jackie Dragon responded to this by saying "Shell can't keep it's drill rig under control in a protected harbor, so what will happen when it faces 20 foot swells and sea ice while drilling in the Arctic? Shell's whole drilling program seems to be running aground...Shell cannot be trusted, and President Obama should not let its Arctic drilling program move forward."
On Monday, July 16, 2012, Greenpeace activists moved on 100 gas stations, effectively closing 77 of them. They scaled the roofs of some stations to hang banners saying "Save the Arctic." They placed a life-sized polar bear model on one station's roof, while other protesters chained themselves to pumps. They placed locks on pumps and succeeded in shutting off power supplies at some of the stations.
Watch the video below
The video below, put out by Greenpeace, catalogs some of the actions the environmental group took to call attention to Shell's utter disregard for the Arctic environment.
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Photos from commondreams.org