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Studeo
27th July 2010, 08:28
27 July 2010 Last updated at 07:41 GMT

Greenpeace activists close down BP stations in London
BP petrol stations in central London have been shut down by environmental activists.

Campaign group Greenpeace claimed it had shut off the fuel supplies to all stations in the area. The oil company said about 20 had been closed.

BP said activists stopped the flow of fuel by flipping safety switches on forecourts, then removing them to prevent the petrol stations reopening.

Greenpeace said it wanted the company to adopt greener energy policies.

A BP spokesman said the petrol stations would be reopened as soon as it was safe to do so.

He described the stunt as "an irresponsible and childish act which is interfering with safety systems".

Logo changed

Greenpeace said the protest was being held to urge Bob Dudley, who will take over from outgoing BP chief executive Tony Hayward from October, to move away from "his predecessor's obsession with high-risk, environmentally-reckless sources of oil".

At one station in Camden, north London, Greenpeace climbers replaced BP's logo with a new version showing the green "sunflower" disappearing into a sea of oil.

At others, protesters put up signs saying: "Closed. Moving beyond petroleum." Greenpeace said the safety switches will be returned.

The organisation's executive director John Sauven said: "The moment has come for BP to move beyond oil.

"We've shut down all of BP's stations in London to give the new boss a chance to come up with a better plan.

"They're desperate for us to believe they're going 'beyond petroleum'.

"Well now's the time to prove it."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-10771805

John Parslow
27th July 2010, 08:36
Hello Studio

This sounds as though it may be the start of something worthwhile, I hope the new man at Greenpeace can continue with this sort of activity. If they were to make enough petrol stations inoperable - somebody, just somebody at BP might sit-up and take notice.

Love and peace. JP

ascendingstarseed
27th July 2010, 08:51
There's been talk of boycotting BP stations here in America, which is a great idea. But if it gains momentum people need to remember that most of these stations are mom and pop shops owned by local citizens when they bought into the franchise. These people are just trying to make a living from selling beverages, sandwich's and other items in the store, it's the gas we need to boycott - stop in an buy a drink to show your support!

Store owners don't need to become another victim of this senseless crime...

scanner
27th July 2010, 09:37
This is not the way to go, although it did get MSM attention . There are lots of BP petrol stations who are commission only operators, so it would hurt them more than BP Oil who have nothing to do with selling of fuel/gas . Anyone with any knowledge of this would go to the refineries to stop the delivery of crude oil getting in ,in the first place, but this is very difficult to do as most is piped in .So what to do ? Hit them on the stock market thats the only way to hurt this Massive company , but you would have to be prity wealthy to do this, so looks like they will get away with it again. It didn't do Mr Tony Hayward any harm thank you very much ,although he's just a patsy and the real cockroaches are still hiding.

kriya
27th July 2010, 09:46
Also a huge amount of British pensions are linked to BP, what about them?

Love,

Kriya

Steven
27th July 2010, 12:42
...He described the stunt as "an irresponsible and childish act which is interfering with safety systems"...

Coming from BP's spokesman, it rather fit perfectly their own behavior an attitude toward Life in general.


...Hit them on the stock market thats the only way to hurt this Massive company , but you would have to be prity wealthy to do this, so looks like they will get away with it again...

You are right, but not if there is a massive boycot. After all, it all depends on everyone of us once again.


Also a huge amount of British pensions are linked to BP, what about them?...

We are all due to great changes in our way of living. It will definitly affect our current state. If we are not ready to make sacrifice, and it is always the hardest part for the citizens, it means we choose to keep our current system in place. There are many more changes needed to the whole and it will certainly ask all of us to make sacrifice. But if we are enough in the movement, the power of the group can absorb the sacrifices of each.

But in the overall, one mean at our reach is our purchasing power. Reducing the demand of oil by reducing our consumption. Sooner or later, it will come to this anyway, why waiting?

Namaste, Steven

Humble Janitor
28th July 2010, 00:26
Instead of screaming for the head of BP, we should be examining our own dependence on oil and products derived from petroleum. Just think about it:

Diapers = oil
Plastic = oil
Petroleum Jelly = duh, petroleum
Gas guzzling SUVs = oil
Home heating oil

Just think about how you can reduce your dependence on oil. It starts one person at a time and I hate to say it but boycotting BP will not make them take notice. Rather, a reduction in profit will from people using less oil will be more damaging, especially if lasts over the long term.

Decibellistics
28th July 2010, 01:13
Yay for civil disobedience. Thank god they didn't firebomb them instead

tone3jaguar
28th July 2010, 13:41
Green Peace people mean well, but they are all completely ignorant to the metaphysics of solving problems. They think that by pushing against the problems that they do not like that somehow this will cure those problems. The actuality is that pushing against things that you do not like just creates more of it. Makes you wonder who is actually responsible for the Green "Peace" paradigm of thought, doesn't it?

Swanny
28th July 2010, 18:44
Also a huge amount of British pensions are linked to BP, what about them?

Love,

Kriya

I'm surprised you think there will be any pensions :confused:
The west is about to collapse, if you want a pension move to the far east :cool:
Good riddance to BP and any other oil companies that fall