Greenpeace boards drill rigs in Arctic protest

2014-05-27 13:22
Greenpeace activists have chained themselves to the anchor chain of the Anna Akhmatova. (Denis Sinyakov, AP)

Greenpeace activists have chained themselves to the anchor chain of the Anna Akhmatova. (Denis Sinyakov, AP)

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Stavanger - Greenpeace says activists have boarded two offshore drilling rigs in a protest against oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters.

Juha Aromaa, a spokesperson for the environmental group, says 15 activists boarded a rig operated by Norwegian energy company Statoil about 175km off the Bear Island nature reserve early on Tuesday without encountering any resistance from the onboard crew.

Statoil was given the green light to drill in the northern part of the Barents Sea late on Monday. The rig had been on a government-ordered hiatus pending a complaint from Greenpeace.

Also, the group said 30 activists in the Dutch port of Ijmuiden on Tuesday boarded a rig contracted by Russia's Gazprom to drill in the Pechora Sea. Greenpeace said they were removed after five hours.
Read more on:    greenpeace  |  gazprom  |  netherlands  |  green protests  |  energy

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