Protest at Shell Scotford Complex ends

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, AB, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - RCMP took Greenpeace activists into custody overnight, ending their illegal protest at a construction site at Shell Scotford Complex northeast of Edmonton.

"We want to thank the RCMP for their professionalism and cooperation in bringing this incident to a peaceful close," said John Abbott, Executive VP Heavy Oil.

"We remain concerned that Greenpeace chose to use unsafe and confrontational tactics that placed their safety and the safety of others at risk. Thankfully, the situation ended with no one getting hurt."

Security is extremely important to us and a full range of procedures has always been in place at Shell sites, Abbott said.

"We are clearly concerned by the breach of our site security. Despite Greenpeace's blatant disregard for security personnel and barriers, our people remained aware of the activists' whereabouts during the incident."

In the short term, Shell's heightened security is being managed through increased resources and entry controls, supplemented by a tightening of site boundaries.

Shell welcomes Premier Ed Stelmach's comments and shares his concerns. Recent incidents serve as a stern reminder that the industry must work even harder to strengthen our approach to security across the province and country.

Shell has long been aware of the climate change concerns brought forward by the activists and has plans in place to address them. We are demonstrating strong leadership in CO2 and environmental management through our focus on energy efficiency, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and renewable energy, including biofuels, building on the company's global leadership in research and technology.

Shell would like to stress that it is developing an important resource that society needs, and doing it safely, responsibly and in compliance with all laws and regulations while employing thousands of people.

SOURCE Shell Canada Limited

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