WALTHAM FOREST: Protesters shut down BP garages

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: A Greenpeace protest has shutdown the BP Service Station on Leyton High Road A Greenpeace protest has shutdown the BP Service Station on Leyton High Road

GREENPEACE protesters shut down BP petrol stations in Leyton and Walthamstow this morning.

The action was part of a co-ordinated London-wide protest by the group, which began at around 6.20am.

The Walthamstow garage in Forest Road has since re-opened, but the Leyton one, in the High Road, remains closed.

In a statement on its website, Greenpeace said small teams of activists had turned shut-off switches to stop the flow of fuel at each garage.

Protesters then removed the switches to stop the stations from re-opening.

The environmental campaign group said it shut down 46 BP stations across the capital, although many have since re-opened.

Explaining the motivation behind the protests, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: "The moment has come for BP to move beyond oil. Under Tony Hayward the company went backwards, squeezing the last drops of oil from places like the Gulf of Mexico, the tar sands of Canada and even the fragile Arctic wilderness.

"We've shut down all of BP's stations in London to give the new boss a chance to come up with a better plan. They're desperate for us to believe they're going ‘beyond petroleum'. Well now's the time to prove it."

A spokeswoman for BP said the company was working "as quickly as possible" to re-open the Leyton garage, but could not say when that would be.

She added: "This is an act of vandalism which puts the safety of motorists and our staff at risk.

"They've taken handles which we need to replace, which we're hoping to do as soon as possible".

The franchisee manager of the BP garage in Leyton declined to comment to the Guardian.

The protests were timed to co-incide with today's widely-predicted announcement that BP chief executive Tony Hayward is to leave the company in October.

The company also revealed today that it had lost at least £20.8billion due to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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11:22am Tue 27 Jul 10

Quintilis says...

Tony Hayward's 'leaving' is more apparent than real. It seems he's off to exploit the Russian wilderness now. Doubtless he'll find the Russian government even more accommodating of his environmental depredations than the US one was until it all went horribly wrong in the Gulf of Mexico. Not that this was the first such disaster in that region. The IXTOC I blow-out of 3 June 1979 has been conveniently overlooked and was, until recently, the worst such disaster. I suppose Greenpeace are making a fair point.
Tony Hayward's 'leaving' is more apparent than real. It seems he's off to exploit the Russian wilderness now. Doubtless he'll find the Russian government even more accommodating of his environmental depredations than the US one was until it all went horribly wrong in the Gulf of Mexico. Not that this was the first such disaster in that region. The IXTOC I blow-out of 3 June 1979 has been conveniently overlooked and was, until recently, the worst such disaster. I suppose Greenpeace are making a fair point. Quintilis

12:06pm Tue 27 Jul 10

md-j says...

Wow: I hope Greenpeace are ready for the compensation claim.That's a lot of lost income , and a confession from the perpetrator.
Amazing that a passer-by can disable a petrol station, and not a very comfortable thought what other damage they might do if they have a mind.
If other service suppliers behave in an unacceptable way, does Greenpeace assume the right to leave us without gas, electricity or water if it has the means to do so?
Wow: I hope Greenpeace are ready for the compensation claim.That's a lot of lost income , and a confession from the perpetrator. Amazing that a passer-by can disable a petrol station, and not a very comfortable thought what other damage they might do if they have a mind. If other service suppliers behave in an unacceptable way, does Greenpeace assume the right to leave us without gas, electricity or water if it has the means to do so? md-j

12:19pm Tue 27 Jul 10

rubberneck says...

Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.
Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure. rubberneck

1:25pm Tue 27 Jul 10

hotredman says...

Im sorry, but these tree hugging clowns should be arrested. What they have done is wrong and are also causing loss of trade. I am surpised they have not used CCTV to identify individuals to get them arrested. Also get them arrested for being on the forcourt and climbing the building; these people are worst than terrorists IMO.
Im sorry, but these tree hugging clowns should be arrested. What they have done is wrong and are also causing loss of trade. I am surpised they have not used CCTV to identify individuals to get them arrested. Also get them arrested for being on the forcourt and climbing the building; these people are worst than terrorists IMO. hotredman

1:27pm Tue 27 Jul 10

hotredman says...

rubberneck wrote:
Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.
He deserves the pension. Im sorry, not because of what happened with the disaster means he should be stripped off his pension, that is foolish.
Most of you probably cause more damage to the environment anyway, littering streets etc.
[quote][p][bold]rubberneck[/bold] wrote: Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.[/p][/quote]He deserves the pension. Im sorry, not because of what happened with the disaster means he should be stripped off his pension, that is foolish. Most of you probably cause more damage to the environment anyway, littering streets etc. hotredman

1:36pm Tue 27 Jul 10

rubberneck says...

hotredman wrote:
rubberneck wrote: Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.
He deserves the pension. Im sorry, not because of what happened with the disaster means he should be stripped off his pension, that is foolish. Most of you probably cause more damage to the environment anyway, littering streets etc.
I never drop liter so do not tar me with the same brush as those who do. as for tree hugging cloons, they are there for today only unlike the 'village' up parliament square which should be closed down and they certainly know about dropping litter and faeces in the street.
[quote][p][bold]hotredman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rubberneck[/bold] wrote: Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.[/p][/quote]He deserves the pension. Im sorry, not because of what happened with the disaster means he should be stripped off his pension, that is foolish. Most of you probably cause more damage to the environment anyway, littering streets etc.[/p][/quote]I never drop liter so do not tar me with the same brush as those who do. as for tree hugging cloons, they are there for today only unlike the 'village' up parliament square which should be closed down and they certainly know about dropping litter and faeces in the street. rubberneck

6:14pm Tue 27 Jul 10

Quintilis says...

Er, get with it, rubberneck, the Parliament Square squatters were evicted last week.
Er, get with it, rubberneck, the Parliament Square squatters were evicted last week. Quintilis

10:20pm Tue 27 Jul 10

rubberneck says...

Quintilis wrote:
Er, get with it, rubberneck, the Parliament Square squatters were evicted last week.
Yes and now on the pavement next to the green, er keep up with it Quentine
[quote][p][bold]Quintilis[/bold] wrote: Er, get with it, rubberneck, the Parliament Square squatters were evicted last week.[/p][/quote]Yes and now on the pavement next to the green, er keep up with it Quentine rubberneck

12:24am Wed 28 Jul 10

Earle Martin says...

hotredman wrote:
rubberneck wrote:
Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.
He deserves the pension. Im sorry, not because of what happened with the disaster means he should be stripped off his pension, that is foolish.
Most of you probably cause more damage to the environment anyway, littering streets etc.
You have got to be joking.
[quote][p][bold]hotredman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rubberneck[/bold] wrote: Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.[/p][/quote]He deserves the pension. Im sorry, not because of what happened with the disaster means he should be stripped off his pension, that is foolish. Most of you probably cause more damage to the environment anyway, littering streets etc.[/p][/quote]You have got to be joking. Earle Martin

2:33am Wed 28 Jul 10

Investigations says...

What effect did Green "Peace" think this stupid action was likely to have on BP? I look forward to reading of the costly legal repercussions and how public donations will have to be wasted in defending these fools! Tony Hayward may not be a gifted public relations artist but if that mouthy idiot at the White House had not publicly attacked him he wouldn't have been forced to defend himself! Within two years the "Gulf catastrophe" will be largely forgotten and someone will give credit to Hayward the engineer for stopping the leak!
What effect did Green "Peace" think this stupid action was likely to have on BP? I look forward to reading of the costly legal repercussions and how public donations will have to be wasted in defending these fools! Tony Hayward may not be a gifted public relations artist but if that mouthy idiot at the White House had not publicly attacked him he wouldn't have been forced to defend himself! Within two years the "Gulf catastrophe" will be largely forgotten and someone will give credit to Hayward the engineer for stopping the leak! Investigations

1:22am Thu 29 Jul 10

rubberneck says...

Earle Martin wrote:
hotredman wrote:
rubberneck wrote:
Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.
He deserves the pension. Im sorry, not because of what happened with the disaster means he should be stripped off his pension, that is foolish.
Most of you probably cause more damage to the environment anyway, littering streets etc.
You have got to be joking.
Leaking oil for three months in the sea, lives lost, jobs lost, animal welfare affected for years eqivilant to a few discarded chicken boxes? He is either joking or nuts!
[quote][p][bold]Earle Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hotredman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rubberneck[/bold] wrote: Good, think I will join them. Lost a few thousand by closing, cost to environment unknown for years and that clown walks away with millions in a pension, as per usual reward failure.[/p][/quote]He deserves the pension. Im sorry, not because of what happened with the disaster means he should be stripped off his pension, that is foolish. Most of you probably cause more damage to the environment anyway, littering streets etc.[/p][/quote]You have got to be joking.[/p][/quote]Leaking oil for three months in the sea, lives lost, jobs lost, animal welfare affected for years eqivilant to a few discarded chicken boxes? He is either joking or nuts! rubberneck

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