Friday, June 3, 2011

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Greenpeace activists arrested on Greenland oil rig

This image provided by Greenpeace Sunday May 29, 2011 shows the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson oil rig which activists scaled. Greenpeace says three of its activists have climbed up an oil rig off Greenland's coast in an attempt to stop a Scottish oil company from starting deepwater drilling in the arctic waters. The environmental group said the activists scaled the Cairn Energy rig early Sunday and are now hanging under it in a pod. It said the group has enough food and water to stay there for 10 days. Cairn earlier this month won permission to drill up to seven oil exploration wells off the Arctic island's west coast. (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Steve Morgan) NO SALES NO ARCHIVE EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Two Greenpeace activists who occupied a Cairn Energy oil rig off Greenland's coast this week have been arrested and removed from the rig.
The environmental group says the activists, who had spent four days in a survival pod suspended from the underside of the 53,000-tonne Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig, were arrested late Wednesday night.
The activists were then removed from the rig, located about 180 kilometres off the western coast of Greenland, and taken to Nuuk, where they await charges.
The pair had occupied the rig since early Sunday morning to protest Cairn Energy's exploratory offshore oil drilling program in the Arctic.
Other Greenpeace campaigners continue to watch the Cairn Energy rig from the ship Esperanza, which remains outside a 500-metre exclusion zone that a Danish navy warship imposed around the drill site.
"The campaign is not over because our activists have been arrested," Ben Ayliffe, a Greenpeace member aboard the Esperanza, told CBC News Thursday.
"We are determined to do all we can to stop this new Arctic oil rush. And, you know, there are other strings to our bow."
Scottish-based Cairn Energy, which drilled three exploration wells off the coast of Greenland last summer, plans to drill four exploration wells this year in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait.
Greenpeace has been criticizing the company, which is the only firm that is drilling in the area, for not taking extra precautions needed to avoid environmental disasters like the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
In a statement, Cairn Energy said the protesters were removed from the Leiv Eiriksson to ensure the safety of people working on the rig.
Ayliffe would not say what Greenpeace plans to do next to disrupt Cairn Energy's drilling plans.
However, Ayliffe said Cairn Energy is seeking a court injunction that would force Greenpeace ships out of the drilling area.
Greenpeace also alleges that Cairn Energy wants hefty fines imposed for every further day the activists succeed in halting drilling. A Dutch court is expected to hear the case on Monday, according to the group.
A Cairn Energy spokesperson would not confirm Greenpeace's claims about court action.

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