Shell sues Greenpeace to stop Artic protests

Shell wants the environmental organization fined €1 million ($1.3 million) if any of its members approach within 500 meters (yards) of any Shell property.

Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo, right, and Greenpeace Russian energy researcher Vladimir Chuprov, left, speak at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Greenpeace and the World Wide Fund for Nature unveiled a report on Tuesday they have commissioned to assess risks of an oil spill in the Pechora Sea in Russia's Arctic where state-owned Gazprom is currently prospecting for oil. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC is suing Greenpeace International in Dutch court in an attempt to end protests against its plans to drill for offshore oil in the Arctic Sea.

Shell wants the environmental organization fined €1 million ($1.3 million) if any of its members approach within 500 meters (yards) of any Shell property.

The suit shows Shell going on an offensive to protect its $4.5 billion investment in two projects off the coast of Alaska it says will create hundreds of jobs.

Greenpeace says Artic drilling is harmful and risky and has protested with publicity stunts around the world. The trigger for Friday's suit was a Sept. 14 protest in which activists blocked Shell gas stations in the Netherlands by clamping gas pumps together with bike locks.
Associated Press
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