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Shell Sues Greenpeace to Stop Oil Drilling Protests

Sep 21, 2012
(AP)

Royal Dutch Shell PLC is taking Greenpeace International to court in an attempt to have the environmental organization banned from holding any protest within 500 meters (1,640 feet) of any Shell property, or face a €1 million ($1.3 million) fine.

The suit at Amsterdam's District Court Friday shows Shell aggressively taking the offensive to protect its $4.5 billion investment in drilling for oil in the icy Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska. A verdict is not expected for two weeks.

Shell is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, while Greenpeace International is based in Amsterdam.

The oil company said in a statement several of Greenpeace's recent actions have "have gone well beyond the limits of acceptable protest."

"Shell continues to respect the legitimate right of people to peacefully protest against the activities we undertake to ensure the world's energy needs are met," the statement said.