Greenpeace targets Shell pumps
Campaigners aim to prevent arctic drilling
This morning Greenpeace activists shut down Shell petrol stations in London and Edinburgh in protest at the company's intention to start drilling for oil in the Arctic next month.
Greenpeace's Sara Ayech said: "An oil spill in the Arctic would be catastrophic for wildlife such as polar bears, walruses and whales, and Shell knows full well that it would be impossible to clean up after such devastation. The Arctic must be saved, and made a global sanctuary where oil drilling is banned."
The protest came after Greenpeace activists blocked access to Shell's headquarters in The Hague in the Netherlands last Friday.
Greenpeace launched a Save The Arctic campaign in June to preserve the land mass from oil exploration and industrial fishing. The group 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 2012, 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 in June 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.
Greepeace is broadcasting live on the hour, every hour, with the latest updates from their teams on the ground. Watch the live stream at www.greenpeace.org.uk/ and join them on twitter using #tellshell.
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