Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... UK Tar Sands Network vs BP

Protesters: UK Tar Sands Network

Target: BP

Location: London, Brighton, Cambridge and Oxford

Date: 10 April

The lowdown

BP was targeted by multiple protests on Saturday over its plans to extract oil from the Canadian tar sands. Climate activists in London, Brighton, Cambridge and Oxford targeted the firm's petrol stations with simultaneous demonstrations and street parties, including forecourt invasions that closed three BP petrol stations in London and Brighton.

- Why the protests?

Controversy surrounds the extraction of oil from huge fields of tar sands in countries including Canada.

Campaigners say the most common extraction process, akin to open-cast mining, produces far more greenhouse gases than normal oil extraction, leaving vast amounts of toxic waste and causing widespread damage to the environment.

- How did BP respond?

BP did not comment on the protests, but at its AGM taking place this Thursday (15 April), a crucial vote was due to be taken on the tar sands project.

- How did the media cover it?

The Observer reported that, in Shepherd's Bush, London, 'the protesters stopped drivers from entering the forecourt,' adding that police allowed the protest to proceed. Elsewhere, the Brighton Argus reported that about 30 activists had gathered at the BP filling station in Lewes Road, Brighton.

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