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Greenpeace attempts to stop the Leiv Eiriksson...
Activists Climb onto Leiv Eiriksson Rig
Greenpeace activists who had eariler boarded the Oil Drill Rig Leiv Eiriksson in protest at Arctic Oil exploration, being escorted to a helicopter after being arrested, for transport to Nuuk. Greenpeace activists climb ladders on the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson, bypassing a Danish navy warship which has been circling the rig for a week. 180 km off the Greenland coast five inflatable speedboats launched from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza to carry a delegation of 18 Greenpeace activists to the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson. The team climbed ladders to the accommodation deck and radioed the Esperanza to say they were now being taken to meet the drill manager. Greenpeace are demanding to see a copy of the rig’s Oil Spill Response Plan as the operators of the rig, Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy, have refused to publish the plan, going against all industry norms. Greenpeace argues that it is dangerous to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic waters as a spill would be near impossible to clean up. Cairn’s operations also pose a grave threat to Greenland’s fisheries, which represent 88% of the island’s export economy.
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Greenpeace attempts to stop the Leiv Eiriksson oil rig from drilling in Baffin Bay one of the most pristine and fragile natural areas in the world, home to important and vulnerable wildlife including almost all of the world’s Narwhal population as well as blue whales, sea bird colonies, and polar bears. The Leiv Eiriksson is operated by Cairn Energy and is the only rig in the world currently set to begin new deep sea drilling in the Arctic – making it a clear and present danger to the pristine arctic environment.
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