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Greenpeace Closes Down BP Petrol Stations in Central London Energy Protest

Dozens of BP Plc petrol stations in central London were shut down by members of environmental group Greenpeace, in a protest timed to coincide with the company’s appointment of a new chief executive officer.

Greenpeace said 46 stations were immobilized by small teams this morning using a shut-off switch to stop the flow of fuel at each location. As of 3:15 p.m., around half the stations were still unable to dispense gasoline, said spokesman Graham Thompson in a telephone interview.

The group is targeting the stations to urge BP to move toward producing more energy from renewable sources, said John Sauven, Greenpeace U.K. executive director. At one station in Camden, North London, activists replaced BP’s logo with a version showing a green sunflower disappearing into a sea of oil.

BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams said that around 35 locations were affected and most were functional again. “This is an act of vandalism which clearly puts the safety of motorists and staff at the sites at risk,” Williams added. One of the sites is used to supply ambulances with fuel, she said.

Today, BP appointed U.S.-born Robert Dudley as CEO and pledged to accelerate asset sales to as much as $30 billion after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill led to a record loss.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Spillane in London at cspillane3@bloomberg.net.

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