Greenpeace says it has successfully halted the operations of a British-owned oil rig in a remote location about 200 kilometres off the coast of western Greenland. Four Greenpeace protesters snuck onto the Stena Don early Tuesday morning, despite the presence of a nearby Danish warship that had been following a Greenpeace ship as it made its way to the oil rig over the past 10 days.
The oil rig is owned by the Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy PLC, a company that has recently said it discovered natural gas in the area.
Greenpeace spokesperson Leila Deen said the protesters made a dash for the Stena Don just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
"We launched three inflatable boats, in silence, into the water and evaded what might have been a sleeping navy," Deen told CTV's Canada AM during a telephone interview from Baffin Bay, Greenland, on Wednesday morning.
Photos released by Greenpeace on Tuesday showed several climbers hanging from the underside of the oil rig's platforms.
The people who made it aboard the Stena Don are expert climbers and have managed to set up hanging tents from the rig's platform. Greenpeace said they have been equipped with enough supplies to stay there for several days.
American Sim McKenna, one of the four people aboard the Stena Don, said the climbers are hoping for continued success.
"We've got to keep the energy companies out of the Arctic and kick our addiction to oil, that's why we're going to stop this rig from drilling for as long as we can," McKenna said in a statement released by Greenpeace Tuesday.
Deen said Greenpeace has sent climbers to the oil rig to draw attention to the risks that Cairn's oil operations pose for the environment.
"The reason we've done this is because drilling here in the Arctic is very dangerous," said Deen.
Deen said the company lacks "a decent response plan" in the event of a catastrophic oil spill, such as what happened in the Gulf of Mexico this past summer.
Such a spill would be particularly disastrous in the Arctic waters at this time of year, because it potentially be "unstoppable," Deen said, with the oil spilling under the sea ice until the following spring.
Here we have a complete and detailed confession of their crimes, with lame justifications for their actions, which in reality justify nothing.
Eco-Terrorism, Vandalism, Illegal Trespassing, and I imagine other crimes.....
They got a couple of clowns to climb up the rig and set up tents and have enough supplies to stay there for several days...... well if they're allowed to break the law, maybe the workers on the rig should break the law too and disregard their safety by continuing to pump oil...... or maybe just act in self-defense of their way of life and knock them out of their little tents and drop their sorry arses into the arctic water below.
I'm not a big oil supporter, but they're there legally..... these Greenpeace idiots are not and I'm so sick and damn tired of these eco-terrorists being allowed to act like it's the Wild Wild West and do whatever they damn well please based on their own self-righteous justifications and empty claims. They're not solving any problems and they're not helping anything..... they'll eventually be hauled off the rig and with any luck, charged for their crimes, the rig will continue normal operations and chances are, due to the disruption, they'll just increase production or even worse, build another rig to make up for their loss.
Bravo.... bravo..... friggin morons.
If it was anybody else or any other group pulling this sort of stunt with any other type of company they have issues with, the police, SWAT or the military would have been called in and probably shot..... but because they're small minded eco-idiots, they're given a green light to do whatever the hell they want.
The ironic thing is I best those little boats they went to the rig in, as well as their big *** ship they used to get there aren't eco-friendly.
So basically they, by their own actions, harmed the environment even more...... all to gain attention like the pathetic little attention wh*res they are.