Deepwater Drilling

The battle for the Frozen North: Point Hope (video)

Posted by bex — 7 December 2011 at 1:45pm - Comments

The small Alaskan community of Point Hope - or Tikiġaq, as the Iñupiaq people call their homeland - is one of the oldest continually occupied sites in North America.

Cairn fails to find Arctic oil, again

Posted by ben — 13 September 2011 at 11:48am - Comments
Melting summer sea ice in the Arctic
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace / Nick Cobbing
Melting summer sea ice in the Arctic

This month sees the Arctic sea ice minimum, a litmus test for the health of the global climate, with indications suggesting the extent in 2011 could be the lowest level ever.

Activists and pod captured by Danish navy, but this isn't over

Posted by bens — 2 June 2011 at 9:30am - Comments
Danish navy arrest Greenpeace activists and capture the Arctic pod
All rights reserved. Credit: Steve Morgan / Greenpeace
Danish navy arrest Greenpeace activists and capture the Arctic pod

Climbers working with the Danish navy have just broken into our pod suspended from the Cairn Energy oil rig here in the Arctic seas off Greenland and arrested the two Greenpeace climbers inside.

Chevron gets permission for deepwater drilling – first in UK since BP disaster

Posted by tracy — 1 October 2010 at 10:52am - Comments

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.

Chevron could get government permission to start deepwater drilling today

Posted by tracy — 30 September 2010 at 12:12pm - Comments

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.

Please write to Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and tell him that he must not give Chevron final permission to begin drilling at Lagavulin.

We're out of the water, but it's not over

Posted by jamess — 29 September 2010 at 7:01pm - Comments

After a mammoth 50 hours in the water in front of their drill ship, following 100 hours on Chevron's anchor chain, the oil giant's lawyers have again stopped our protest.

Last night we received news over the ship's radio that Chevron had gained another injunction against us, preventing us from interfering in any way with their operation - otherwise face massive daily fines.

We pulled our last swimmers out of the water yesterday afternoon at about four, all of us exhausted after round-the-clock shifts to block the 228-metre Stena Carron from reaching its drill spot.

Breaking: Images from the standoff at the site of Arctic deepwater drilling

Posted by tracy — 23 August 2010 at 3:26pm - Comments

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.

We're in the Arctic to end deepwater oil drilling

Posted by tracy — 23 August 2010 at 2:09pm - Comments

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.

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