Shell under fire over Arctic drill plans

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Shell under fire over Arctic drill plans

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Scores of Shell petrol stations were shut down in London and Ednburgh on Monday as Greenpeace continued its campaign against the oil giant’s plan to drill in the Arctic.

On Friday campaigners hit the company’s HQ in the Hague in the Netherlands and in the Arctic itself, where Greenpeace ships are shadowing Shell’s drilling vessels.

Further action is also planned, explained Greenpeace activist Sara Ayech: “We want to create a global sanctuary in that area. Today is part of a global week of action against Shell, where people all over the world are taking action like this, hoping Shell will listen and hoping Shell wlll make the decision not to go and drill for oil in the Arctic.”

In all, 24 people were arrested in the UK and a dozen detained in the Hague.

Shell, which is due to start drilling at two offshore sites in Alaska in the coming weeks, says it has talked to numerous opponents of the plans.

A spokesman said: “We respect their views and have extended this same offer for productive dialogue to Greenpeace.”