After nearly a year without the services of a local garage to purchase fuel, Chandlers Ford and Hiltingbury residents found that the newly opened Shell garage adjacent to The Fryern Arcade was the focus on Saturday, of a peaceful demonstration by the local Southampton branch of the international environmentalist organisation, Greenpeace.
Greenpeace were drawing attention to the exploitation of oil reserves in the Arctic by Shell and the effect that fossil fuels have on the global environment as well as the effect that such drilling operations will have on the local Arctic environment. The demonstration was part of a national weekend of action where Greenpeace activists and supporters were making the public aware of this issue by demonstrating outside selective Shell garages.
Greenpeace activist and spokesman Barry Slipper who was outside the newly refurbished garage in Chandlers Ford commented on the level of support shown by passing motorists who ‘honked their horn’ in support, and of the number of local residents who were keen to take the supporting campaigning literature.
Mr Slipper also remarked that Shell had taken out an injunction against Greenpeace, that effectively barred them from Shell property (garage forecourts) but lawfully allowed Greenpeace to stand outside the property boundary in order to make their views known to the public through the erection of two portable banners and the distribution of literature.
The oil exploration within the Arctic is taking place within the US state of Alaska where a drilling ship named Noble Discoverer is said to have gone aground in Dutch Harbour, Alaska. For more information on this campaign and other Greenpeace activities go to Greenpeace.org.uk .
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