Cairn's Arctic misadventure ends in dismal failure

Posted by bex — 30 November 2011 at 2:03pm - Comments
Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord in Greenland
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Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord in Greenland

It was the biggest oil exploration campaign ever in the Arctic. It cost over a billion dollars. And Cairn has absolutely nothing to show for it.

The Arctic 20 on trial

Posted by ben — 16 September 2011 at 9:01am - Comments
The 18 activists in jail for boarding Cairn's rig to demand the spill response p
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18 of the 20 activists facing trial

Early one June morning this year, along with 19 fellow activists I jumped off a Greenpeace inflatable and climbed up the vertical wall of the leg of a giant oil rig, the Leiv Eiriksson, which was drilling 
nearly 200km off the coast of Greenland in the freezing waters of the 
Davis Strait.

Risky business in the far north

Posted by ben — 3 August 2011 at 4:01pm - Comments
Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier
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Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier

Today Cairn Energy published the latest operational update for its risky oil drilling off Greenland and the news, at least for the wildcat oil company, was far from good.

For the second year in succession Cairn, has announced it has found no oil in the Arctic.

That Cairn social media gagging order in full

Posted by bex — 22 July 2011 at 12:26pm - Comments
Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig
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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).

BREAKING: Cairn obtains legal interdict: ‘Twitter ban’ and 'gagging order' for Greenpeace

Posted by bex — 19 July 2011 at 7:35pm - Comments

Update: Read the interdict in full

In 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.

Cairn occupation is over, but the campaign goes on

Posted by bex — 18 July 2011 at 8:22pm - Comments

It's been a long day but, around 12 hours after our intrepid Polar bears occupied Cairn Energy's HQ, the last of them has now been removed by police. Around 20 people have been arrested in all, and most of them remain in custody here in Edinburgh.

Cairn occupation still going strong

Posted by jamie — 18 July 2011 at 1:27pm - Comments
Image removed by Cairn Energy
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Image removed

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We assembled at about 8am this morning near to Cairn Energy's offices in Edinburgh. It was a strange gaggle of people in suits and an army of polar bears. Such a gathering was going to attract attention so we couldn't hang about - we crossed Festival Square which was starting to get busy with people heading for work and straight through the doors of Cairn's office building. 

Thank you from Kumi

Posted by nick_gp — 22 June 2011 at 5:35pm - Comments

Global Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo and his fellow activist Ulvar Arnkvaern have now been released from custody and are renewing their call for Cairn Energy to release its Arctic oil spill response plan.

Actions speak louder than words

Posted by nick_gp — 20 June 2011 at 2:10pm - Comments
Politicians talk. Leaders act.
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Politicians talk. Leaders act.

Today eleven activists appear in a Danish court facing serious charges for a simple act of protest in Copenhagen a year and a half ago, while Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo remains in a Greenlandic jail for his stand against Arctic oil drilling.

Video: Kumi Naidoo scales Cairn's Arctic drilling rig

Posted by tracy.frauzel — 18 June 2011 at 9:16am - Comments

In a small boat launched from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza Kumi Naidoo, the Executive Director of Greenpeace International crossed into an exclusion zone and scaled a controversial Arctic oil rig 120km off the coast of Greenland.

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