Posted by tracy — 1 October 2010 at 10:52am
We've just found out that the government gave Chevron permission to begin deepwater drilling in the waters west of Shetland late last night. This is the first deepwater oil drilling in UK waters since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. We expect Chevron will begin drilling in the next few days.
In the last week our activists spent 50 hours in the water in front of Chevron's drill ship, 100 hours on their anchor chain, and over the last 24 hours 16,000 people sent emails to Climate and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne urging him not to grant Chevron the license. It's been a Herculean effort by all and we can't thank you enough for your support.
The government's decision to open up drilling in ever more difficult and dangerous places to reach is totally irresponsible move and shows clearly that they've not learned the lessons from the BP oil disaster. That's why we're preparing to take them to court.
Posted by tracy — 30 September 2010 at 12:12pm
Chevron's drill ship is poised to begin exploratory oil drilling in the remote deep water Lagavulin site west of Shetland as soon as the government gives them permission. And that could happen later today.
Our activists on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza have done all they can over the last week to stop the Stena Carron drill ship from getting to Lagavulin, now we urgently need your help to put direct pressure on the UK government to stop the drilling.
Posted by tracy — 24 August 2010 at 3:53pm
The standoff with the Danish navy continues in the Arctic today. They're guarding Cairn Energy's oil
drilling operations in the Davis Straits which the company revealed today has
The day has also revealed what a hazardous area this is for
drilling and the crew of the Esperanza got to see why locals call the area
The oil drilling rigs are accompanied by a number of tug
boats that must rope and tug icebergs away from the rigs if they get too close.
The fire ships were also using hoses against smaller icebergs today and limit
the number of icebergs near the drilling sites.
Posted by tracy — 23 August 2010 at 3:26pm
Lisa is onboard the Esperanza and says internet has been on and off, but she has managed to get through a few images of the rig and Danish warship that is guarding it. You’ll be able to follow her live updates below, when she can get them out.
Posted by tracy — 23 August 2010 at 2:09pm
This morning we've heard from Ben on board our ship Esperanza that they are currently anchored about 2km from the deepwater drilling rig Stena Don in the Davis Straits between Canada and Greenland. The crew left London 12 days ago to confront dangerous deepwater drilling in the Arctic and today they've been met by a Danish warship and warned that the ship will be raided and the captain arrested if the ship breaches the 500m security zone surrounding each of the rigs.
But it's a UK company that has come to one of the most remote and harsh environments on the planet in pursuit of the last drops of oil. Cairn Energy is currently drilling two wells off the west coast of Greenland and has plans for two more wells in the area before the end of the summer. And now they are being protected by the Danish equivalent of the navy Seals. The crew on the ship have told us they've seen three navy inflatable boats in the waters around the rig.
Today, as news of the discovery of a 22-mile plume of oil droplets is revealed in a report in the Journal, Science
the first leg of the Greenpeace expedition on board the Arctic Sunrise
ended. The scientists, Drs. Jo Lopez and Chuck Messing from Nova
University, have spent much time underwater collecting specimens of
sponges and recording what they have found in the Dry Tortugas National
Park off Florida.
Posted by tracy — 27 July 2010 at 2:59pm
It was a very early start this morning. I'm not much of a
morning person and the adrenaline was pumping, so I was a bit worried about
driving through central London my nerves feeling fuzzy and frazzled. But as I
motored through the quiet streets of London at 5am in silence behind the wheel
of a Toyota Prius I started to feel better. Because I have to admit, I really
I grew up in North America and it wasn't summer without a
good road trip. I have eco-guilt about it, but I love the freedom, covering
huge distances, being able to stop anytime and anywhere and enjoy the view or a
bit of local culture. But I don't own a car - I don't need one in the city, and
I don't want one because of the resources they eat up and the climate impacts.
Well, until now.
Posted by tracy — 21 April 2010 at 12:24pm
Thursday's Earth Day and what better way to mark the occasion than by getting your own piece of earth that will help block the third runway at Heathrow?
Last year we bought a piece of land slap bang in the middle of the proposed site for third runway at Heathrow and we'd like you to join us as a beneficial owner on the deed. We've got to close the deeds by April 30th so this is pretty much your last chance to join. The land is already shared by over 80,000 owners and we need you to help us reach 100,000 by the end of the month.
Posted by tracy — 21 December 2009 at 1:28pm
Update 6 Jan 10: They've been released! Our four activists endured 20 days in a Copenhagen jail following a peaceful protest at the State Banquet for world leaders attending the UN climate summit. The four activists still face trial in the Danish courts, and possible prison sentences. You sent over 12,000 letters to the Danish Embassy in London during their detention - thank you so much for your support ensuring their release.
Four of our activists face the prospect of Christmas in jail this year over charges relating to a protest at the Heads of State dinner at the Copenhagen climate summit. But the leaders who did practically nothing about the greatest threat to our planet got away.