Big business may be showing that it’s done being stalked by climate protestors. Last week, Shell filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace for $2.1 million in damages after protestors boarded an oil vessel earlier this year.
According to the suit, activists boarded the vessel while it was in transit off the Atlantic coast. They reportedly tied ropes to hoist themselves onto the ship from inflatable boats moving at high speeds. A Shell spokesperson said that is “unlawful and extremely dangerous.” Especially if you’re not a pirate!
“The right to protest is fundamental and we respect it absolutely. But it must be done safely and lawfully,” the spokesperson said.
Greenpeace says that this lawsuit is a threat to its ability to campaign but they refused to settle the case in earlier settlement discussions.