Yesterday brought the news that yet another Cairn well off Greenland - the sixth so far - has come up dry. The Delta-1 well will be plugged and abandoned and Cairn now has to pin its hopes for this year's drilling season on two remaining wells.
Cairn's Leiv Eriksson rig off the coast of Greenland
Earlier this month, after more than 100,000 of you asked Cairn Energy to open up its Arctic oil spill response plan to public scrutiny, the government of Greenland stepped in and published it.
The verdict is now in. Veteran marine biologist and international oil spill expert Professor Richard Steiner has completed a review of the plan and, well, it's no wonder Cairn didn't want you to see it.
"Financial Crimes": the leaflet we handed out outside Cairn's press conference
This morning, Cairn Energy published its half-yearly results. There isn't much for the company to shout about in there; halfway through their 2011 drilling season, they have yet to find any oil in the Arctic.
North Sea drilling platform Neddrill 7, co-chartered by Shell and Esso (1991)
has apologised for the
North Sea oil spill
and for its
of transparency saying: "The
fact is something has gone wrong here, so whatever risk assessment we
made about the condition of these pipes has proven to be wrong."
Cairn tugs drag icebergs out of the way of its Arctic drilling rig
A lot of people on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere have been asking us a lot of questions about the interdict (injunction) - most of which we can't answer; we're gagged from saying anything that might be interpreted as asking others to do certain things on our behalf. We're so gagged that we probably can't even tell you what those certain things might be, in case that's seen as suggesting you do them.
So, in the public interest, we've decided to publish the full interdict (pdf). Feel free to download it, share it and discuss it; we'd be interested to hear your thoughts (although obviously we may not be able to reply).
its latest move to cover up the truth about its Arctic drilling,
Cairn Energy has obtained an extraordinary, wide-ranging legal
interdict (injunction) against us, gagging us from posting Tweets and Facebook
updates containing photos of yesterday's
occupation of their Edinburgh headquarters.