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Shell sues Greenpeace for $2.1m in damages over fossil fuel protest in North Sea

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🗞️ Driving the news: Shell is suing Greenpeace for $2.1 million in damages, following the group's occupation of a moving oil platform earlier this year
• This legal action represents one of the largest threats against Greenpeace in its 50-year history

🔭 The context: The lawsuit seeks an indefinite block on all protests at Shell infrastructure at sea or in port globally and if Greenpeace violates this, claims could reach $8.6 million
• This move comes after Greenpeace's protest against Shell's climate impact, where activists demanded the company to "stop drilling – start paying"

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The legal battle highlights the ongoing tension between fossil fuel companies and climate activists
• Shell's aggressive legal tactics aim to curb protests, especially after facing legal challenges for its climate strategy and a Dutch court order to cut emissions by 45% by 2030

⏭️ What's next: Greenpeace, accused of endangering lives with their protests, vows to continue fighting for climate justice. Shell insists the lawsuit is about safety, not suppressing protest rights

💬 One quote: "I will stand up in court and fight this; and if Shell refuses to stop drilling, I refuse to stop fighting for climate justice" (Yeb Saño, Greenpeace)

📈 One stat: Shell has faced significant legal costs, including securing two court injunctions and increasing security measures, in response to Greenpeace's actions

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