Brighton BP garage has protesters camped on roof

Posted On 15 Apr 2010 at 12:05 pm

Protesters on the roof of the BP garage at the Vogue Gyratory in Brighton

Protesters are occupying the roof of the BP Garage at the Vogue Gyratory in Brighton this morning in protest at its controversial tar sands project.

The oil giant has come under fire for extracting oil from tar sands at the Sunrise development in Canada – said to be environmentally damaging.

As investors raise concern at BP’s annual general meeting this morning, Climate Camp South Coast members are making a more colourful protest by camping on the roof of the petrol station – with tents.

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Seasoned protester Marina Pepper is tweeting from the rooftop. She said: “Climate Campers occupying roof of BP garage, Vogue gyratory – tar sands is a climate scandal.”

She added: “They have closed the BP petrol station – job’s a good un,”

and “I wish we’d brought the scrabble, or my knitting *drums fingers on petrol station roof*.”

The tar sands process is said to be more environmentally and financially unsound than traditional methods of extraction.

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The criticism by investors at BP’s AGM – at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands – was reported on the Guardian website this morning.

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