Activists shut down Shell petrol stations in protest at Arctic drilling

Campaigners from Greenpeace on Friday morning managed to stop at least 67 Shell petrol stations from selling fuel for a time in protest at the oil giant’s test drilling in the Arctic.

Greenpeace said in a statement the pumps had been disabled by using padlocks to stop the fuel guns being used. The environmental group says the test drilling could prove disastrous to the fragile Pole area.
The Shell petrol station on the A2 by Breukelen is one of those which has been closed. A large banner was erected there reading ‘Protect the North Pole’ and campaigners handed out leaflets to motorists explaining their action.
Safety risk
A number of people have been arrested, the Telegraaf said, without giving further details.
The Anglo-Dutch oil group told the Telegraaf the Greenpeace action is ‘unsafe and without respect’.
‘It is annoying and we regret the nuisance to our customers,’ a spokeswoman said. ‘Greenpeace has the right to disagree with us but we are worried the safety of our customers and staff may be compromised by this sort of campaign.’
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