Greenpeace Activists Board Oil Rig Off Turkey

Greenpeace Activists Board Oil Rig Off Turkey
# 23 April 2011 02:22 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Eleven activists from the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace have boarded an oil rig off the coast of Turkey in hopes of preventing it from reaching Greenland to begin deep-water drilling in the arctic waters, APA reports quoting “The Voice of America”.

The volunteers occupied the huge Leiv Eiriksson rig Friday and climbed to the top of the drilling derrick to unfurl a banner reading “Stop Arctic destruction.” The captain of the rig, which is operated by the Scottish oil company Cairn Energy, refused to stop.

Greenpeace says the drilling plans are a danger to the Arctic environment, and that any oil spill there would present unprecedented challenges that could make it impossible to contain and clean up.

In a statement Cairn Energy said it seeks to operate in a safe and prudent manner, and added that it respects the rights of individuals and organizations to express their views in a safe manner.
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