Of course, a giant oil company doesn’t love 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 prison is 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. Shell’s 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 they’re “zero-point-zero percent” involved with the Arctic 30 when Shell is Gazprom’s 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 the Kulluk rig “screw up”.
7. Shell say “we’re investing in the future…so people can live the life they want”. Does that include peaceful protesters?
8. Shell is the UK’s biggest company, operating in an area where six British people have been illegally detained.
9. Shell described their relationship with Gazprom as a “close partnership…built up over recent years”.
10. Gazprom said they have “growing joint presence” with Shell.