Shell sues Greenpeace for $2.1m in damages over fossil fuel protest in North Sea
(The Guardian, 9 Nov 2023) Energy firm’s lawsuit seeks indefinite block on protesters targeting its infrastructure.
Shell is suing Greenpeace for $2.1m in damages in one of the biggest ever legal threats against the group after its campaigners occupied a moving oil platform earlier this year.
The lawsuit calls for an indefinite block on all protests at Shellinfrastructure at sea or in port anywhere in the world, or the company will make claims that could reach $8.6m (£7m) if contracting companies also pursue damages.
The oil company has mounted one of the biggest legal threats against Greenpeace in the environmental group’s 50-year history after the group’s campaigners occupied a floating oil platform in January to protest against the damage to the climate caused by Shell.
Four Greenpeace protesters boarded the platform just north of the Canary Islands, while it was being transported to the Shetland Islands, with signs demanding that the fossil fuel company “stop drilling – start paying”.
The legal threat is the latest blow traded between the oil conglomerate and climate protesters, after a failed attempt by environmental lawyers at ClientEarth to sue 11 of Shell’s directors at the high court in London to hold them personally responsible for the company’s “fundamentally flawed” climate strategy.