COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Stop Esso switches servers to Texas in latest twist of saga

The international Stop Esso campaign has responded to Esso's legal action against Greenpeace France by setting up a new and uncensored web site in Texas, the home state of oil giant's parent company Exxon Mobil.

Last month, Esso secured a ruling from a French court ordering the removal of the subverted company logo from the Greenpeace France web site, http:// www.stopessofrance.org. Greenpeace has now appealed against the decision, but in the meantime has moved the site's server to just outside Houston, Texas, near to ExxonMobil's Baytown refinery.

The site contains the French logos that Esso sued over and includes a new Stop Esso logo competition. Internet activists can email an e-card of the logo and send a letter to Exxon chief executive Lee Raymond.

Greenpeace spokeswoman Stephanie Tunmore said: "The Stop Esso campaign has set up this web site in ExxonMobil's backyard because we believe that every citizen, no matter what language they speak, has a right to know the lengths this company will go to carry on business as usual.

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