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Paris — Greenpeace activists disrupted Total’s annual shareholders meeting in Paris on Friday in protest against the French oil major’s quest to drill in the ecologically sensitive Amazon basin and French Guyana. Four activists descended by rope from the ceiling above the stage as CEO Patrick Pouyanné began his presentation to investors and at least another dozen managed to enter the hall, with some chaining themselves to fixtures in the hall. Suspended from ropes, they chanted: "Drilling in the Amazon is not responsible". Total wants to explore Brazil’s Foz do Amazonas basin, which geologists estimate could contain up to 14-billion barrels of oil, or more than the entire proven reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. Brazil’s environmental agency rejected the company’s bid for an environmental licence for the fourth time on Tuesday, requesting more information. A Greenpeace expedition in April documented coral in the area where Total plans to drill, after an earlier discovery of a massive ...

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