Greenpeace oil protest in Russian blocked

2014-05-02 07:24
Greenpeace ship Esperanza, paragliders and Greenpeace inflatable boats protest near the Mikhail Ulyanov oil tanker. (Ruben Neugebauer. AP)

Greenpeace ship Esperanza, paragliders and Greenpeace inflatable boats protest near the Mikhail Ulyanov oil tanker. (Ruben Neugebauer. AP)

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Amsterdam - Greenpeace International says activists at Rotterdam port are attempting to prevent the mooring of a Russian tanker carrying the first oil from a new offshore platform in the Arctic.

The environmental group said on Thursday it has sent two ships, "Rainbow Warrior III" and "Esperanza", plus rubber rafts, paragliders and activists on shore, to meet the Mikhail Ulyanov, a tanker chartered by Russia's state-controlled oil company, Gazprom.

Greenpeace says the activists have painted "No Arctic Oil" in large letters on the hull of the Russian tanker, while rubber rafts are blocking access to the ship's mooring place.

Greenpeace opposes oil production inside the Arctic Circle, warning of oil spills in a pristine, difficult-to-reach area and worsening global warming caused by using fossil fuels.
Read more on:    greenpeace  |  gazprom  |  russia  |  antarctica  |  energy  |  green protests
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