Activists converged on the BP station on Houston and Lafayette Streets early Monday to mark the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The rally of about 50 protesters temporarily shut down the gas station. The action was organized by climate grassroots group Rising Tide NYC, which also organized the Flood Wall Street protest last fall following the People’s Climate March.
The same group is planning to protest outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office at 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening to urge him not to allow Port Ambrose, a liquefied natural gas facility proposed to be built 19 miles off of Long Island. Supporters of the project say the port could move 400 million cubic feet of gas a day and reduce natural gas prices to the New York and New Jersey area, but climate activists are calling the project “dangerous” and asking a wind farm be built instead.
Climate activists are also planning to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. rally outside of the east side of City Hall.