Greenpeace in Chandler’s Ford garage protest

Greenpeace Protesters

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 protester

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 .

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  3 comments for “Greenpeace in Chandler’s Ford garage protest

  1. Peter Stewart
    July 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

    What’s this! Honking car drivers? Surely they are honking in protest at the protesters. To honk in support would seem the height of hypocrisy, since there never was a vehicle more dependent on oil than the motor car.

  2. July 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Well done Greenpeace for a raising this issue locally. It was good to see that passersby where supportive and took an interest in this very important campaign.

  3. July 23, 2012 at 9:10 am

    A huge amount of public support here and at the other garages visited that day – the honks were made along with plenty of thumbs-up, so nope not protesting at the protesters… and nothing hypocritical about that – we live in an oil-centred world but that doesn’t mean we can’t campaign to change it, nor that drivers can’t agree with us 🙂

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