FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A Greenpeace protest has shut down Shell's giant Albian Sands oilsands mine in Alberta on the eve of a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama.
Two-dozen protesters from Canada, the U.S. and France chained themselves to huge earth movers and placed giant banners on the ground reading, "Tar Sands: Climate Crime."
Shell (TSX:SHC) says it is attempting to negotiate an end to the protest and a company official has invited the protesters to sit down in an office to discuss their concerns.
But a Greenpeace spokeswoman says they will continue the demonstration.
Greenpeace activist Mike Hudema says Obama, Harper and other world leaders should show climate leadership and abandon using oil from the oilsands.
Five people from the Rainforest Action Network were taken into custody in Niagara Falls when they unfurled an anti-oilsands banner over the American side of the falls.