FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alberta, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Greenpeace activists scaled three towers at a Shell oil sands facility under construction near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Saturday, police said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested three of the 19 members of the environmental group, the Edmonton Sun reported.
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach said the protest, the third by Greenpeace in recent weeks, shows the need for a review of security practices and guidelines at oil company sites.
“Security-wise, this is obviously a real concern and the fact that we’re coddling people that are breaking the law, trespassing, getting on site and putting people on the job site at risk,” Stelmach said.
Officers were trying to communicate with the protesters to work out a “peaceful resolution,” Cpl. Darren Anderson said.
Shell Canada spokesman Phil Vircoe said the company’s first concern was the safety of the activists, workers and the public.
“In terms of Shell, we reiterate that our wish is that Greenpeace and all others with concerns about our activities talk to us face to face instead of using confrontation and unsafe tactics,” he said.
Greenpeace said on its Web site the action was meant to “expose more of the climate crimes of the tar sands and send a climate SOS to the world.”
The group also entered a Suncor oil sands site in the Fort McMurray area Wednesday, with 21 members arrested and later released on bail. A similar event took place Sept. 15 at Shell’s Albian Sands Muskeg River mine north of Fort McMurray. No arrests were made in that incident.
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