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Greenpeace targets Shell pumps

16 July 2012 Last updated at 07:44

Environmental campaigners are attempting to shut down every Shell petrol station in Edinburgh in a protest against the company’s plans to drill in the Arctic.

Greenpeace said they intend to close more than a dozen stations across the capital.

One of the first to be targeted was in Dalry Road, in the city’s west end.

Activists said they had used the emergency shut-off switch, which stops petrol going to the pumps.

They also draped a large banner showing images of animals Greenpeace believes are threatened by oil exploration in the Arctic, and used tape carrying the slogan Save the Arctic to close access to the station.

Protesters could be seen on the petrol station’s roof early on Monday morning.

The activists said they plan to spend the rest of the day touring the city using a combination of low-emission cars, bikes and public transport while shutting off the petrol supply to other Shell pumps.

Blocked access

Greenpeace also said it would broadcast live video of the protest on its website.

A similar direct action protest is being carried out in London, where Greenpeace activists said they were aiming to shut about 100 Shell stations.

It comes after more than a dozen people were detained as Greenpeace activists blocked access to Shell’s headquarters in The Hague in the Netherlands on Friday.

Greenpeace launched a Save The Arctic campaign last month to preserve the land mass from oil exploration and industrial fishing.

The group has called for an agreement to ban environmentally damaging activities in the Arctic region, just as they were banned in the Antarctic 21 years ago under a protocol added to the Antarctic Treaty.

In May, the Greenpeace’s activists temporarily halted several icebreakers heading for the Arctic in a bid to block Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the region.

And last month the environmental group called for more use of renewable energy and greener cars in what it said would help protect the Arctic and other areas from being spoiled by oil drilling.

According to the US Geological Survey, the Arctic is believed to hold 13% of the planet’s undiscovered oil reserves and 30% of its undiscovered natural gas.


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