Shell wins injunctions against UK climate protests

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LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Shell (SHEL.L) has won injunctions from British courts that open the way to a fine or jail time for protesters if they block or damage petrol stations and other oil installations in England and Wales, the company said on Friday.

The move follows several protests in recent weeks by climate activists such as Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil.

This mirrors action taken by other oil companies, including Exxon (XOM.N), backed by the UK business department, which says the right to protest should not disrupt people’s daily lives. Read more

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The restraining orders refer to Shell service stations in England and Wales, some of which were recently damaged by hammers, Shell’s main offices in London and an oil terminal, according to court documents shared by Shell and a spokesperson.

If found to have breached the restraining order, a person may be held in contempt of court and may be imprisoned or fined.

British police arrested hundreds of activists in April after protests demanding an early end to the use of fossil fuels were staged at oil installations as well as on bridges in central London.

The government last year won injunctions to stop protesters blocking motorways and major roads in London and the South East, but activists have continued their protests and some have been sentenced to prison, according to the Extinction Rebellion website.

The band did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Shadia Nasralla Editing by Mark Potter

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