The EnvironmentaLIST: 10 Reasons Why Shell Wants Protesters Silenced

by Cassady Craighill

November 14, 2013

Manuel Marinelli


Of course, a giant oil company doesn’tlove when activists make a stink about their Arctic oil drilling. However, being complicit in the detention of 30 peaceful individuals for the foreseeable future in a Russian prisonis an unprecedented level of silencing.

Back in September, Greenpeace held a peaceful protest to draw attention to Arctic oil drilling by the Russian oil giant Gazprom. When they arrived, the Russian Coast Guard fired warning shots and then illegally boarded and seized the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise via helicopter. The 28 international activists and two independent journalists are now detained in Russia on charges of piracy and hooliganism.


Although Shell recently stated they had”zero-point-zero percent to do with the situation in Russia,”here are ten reasons why they are 100% involved in the detention of peaceful protesters.

1. Shells partner, Gazprom, called in the Russian armed special forces to arrest the Arctic 30

2.Shell is poised to sign a huge deal with Gazprom. Doing business with a peaceful protest crushing company means they are involved.

3.Saying theyre “zero-point-zero percent” involved with the Arctic 30 when Shell is Gazproms partner, is as weak as we were only following orders”.

4.Shell plan to drill in the Arctic again. Gazprom silencing peaceful protestors is convenient for them.

5.Shell say they support peaceful protest. If they talk the talk, they should walk the walk.

6. The Arctic 30 were protesting dangerous drilling. In 2012 Shell had theKulluk rig screw up.

7.Shell saywere investing in the future…so people can live the life they want. Does that include peaceful protesters?

8. Shell is the UKs biggest company, operating in an area where six British people have been illegally detained.

9.Shell described their relationship with Gazprom as aclose partnership…built up over recent years.

10.Gazprom said they havegrowing joint presencewith Shell.

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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