Greenpeace protesters brought BP petrol stations in the capital to a brief halt this week. The action was held Tuesday to coincide with the appointment of new chief executive Bob Dudley.
The environmental campaign group are calling on BP to "go beyond oil". Volunteers from Greenpeace targeted 46 petrol stations in London including locations in Camden, Wellington and Park Lane. The action prevented customers from using the petrol pumps much to the annoyance of some commuters who wanted to fill up their engines before going to work.
This is the start of a campaign by Greenpeace. The charity are calling on members of the public to get involved by taking action such as writing to politicians. They ask people to help campaign for strong European laws on the quality of fuel.
BP's sign was replaced with an alternative one from Greenpeace which said "Closed. Moving beyond petroleum".
The Greenpeace activists began their action at 5:30 in the morning with small groups gathering at branches throughout London.
John Sauven, Executive Director at Greenpeace, joined in the campaigners outside of a BP station in Camden. Speaking about the protest he said:
"The moment has come for BP to move beyond oil. Under Tony Hayward the company went backwards, squeezing the last drops of oil from places like the Gulf of Mexico, the tar sands of Canada and even the fragile Arctic wilderness.
"We've shut down all of BP's stations in London to give the new boss a chance to come up with a better plan. They're desperate for us to believe they're going ‘beyond petroleum'. Well now's the time to prove it."
Greenpeace shuts down Hampstead Road BP station, Camden, London.
"Forward thinking companies around the world have realised that fossil fuels are the past and clean energy is the future. It looks like Tony Hayward didn't get the memo.
"Now the board desperately needs a rethink. The age of oil is coming to an end and companies like BP will be left behind unless they begin to adapt now."
Greenpeace are appealing to Bob Dudley to halt plans for three tar sands projects which are set to begin development in 2011 and urge the company to make a significant increase into investing in alternative means of providing energy.
BP said up to 40 stations were affected by the action.