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Height of protests! Greenpeace protesters scale the Shard to protest oil and gas drilling

by LLB Reporter
11th Jul 13 10:57 am

Six Greenpeace protesters are scaling Britain’s tallest building, the Shard, as part of protests overs oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.

The female campaigners are Ali Garrigan, 27, from Nottinghamshire, Sabine Huyghe, 33, from Ghen in Belgium, Sandra Lamborn, 29, from Stockholm in Sweden, Liesbeth Deddens, 31, from Groningen in the Netherlands, Victoria Henry, 32, from London, and Wiola Smul, 34, from Poland.

The Greenpeace activists chose to scale the Shard because of it is “modelled on a shard of ice” and is close to the three London headquarters of Shell, which is leading drilling in the Arctic.

They began to scale the building at 4am without any assistance but are “fixing safety ropes as they progress”. If successful, they plan to install huge work of art that they are carrying in their backpacks.

“They don’t want us talking about their plan to drill in the Arctic. We’re here to shout about it from the rooftops,” Greenpeace said in a statement. The climb is being broadcast as it happens from a live video stream.

A statement on The Shard’s Twitter account said: “The Shard’s being used by protesters. Our key focus is on safety of all at our building & we’re working with the relevant authorities.”

Protester Victoria Henry tweeted, “Months of training and secrecy end here. I’m scared but incredibly excited about today

A Shell spokesman said: “We respect the right of individuals and organisations to engage in a free and frank exchange of views about our operations.

“Recognising the right of individuals to express their point of view, we only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others, including Shell personnel and customers, in mind.”

The company said oil and gas production from the Arctic was not new.

“Shell has been operating in the Arctic and sub-Arctic since the early 20th century, giving us the technical experience and know-how to explore for and produce oil and gas responsibly”.


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