BP are hoping that everyone has forgotten about the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year, and are quietly putting in place plans to drill in the deep waters off of the west of Shetland, risking an even bigger disaster.
Cairn's rig - the most controversial in the world - about to start Arctic drilling
While our campaign to save the Arctic
from risky oil drilling has been playing out in Greenlandic
waters and Dutch
courtrooms over the past few weeks, the UK
government has stayed fairly quiet on the question of deepwater oil
drilling in the Arctic.
Today an Amsterdam court judge turned the tables on Cairn Energy. Rather than granting an injunction against Greenpeace, he instead suggested that the oil company might actually like to consider releasing its secret Arctic Oil Spill Response Plan!
Our activists arrested after boarding Cairn's arctic rig
Today our mission to protect the Arctic moves from the frozen seas of Greenland into the courts of Amsterdam and Greenland.
After our first occupation of its oil rig at the beginning of last week Cairn filed for an injunction
with the courts in Amsterdam. The injunction is aimed at preventing us
taking any further action to stop drilling in the Arctic. It would mean
we’d be fined two million euros for every day any future protest stops
drilling on the company’s Arctic oil rigs.
Threat of multi-million euro fines as campaigners launch further bid for missing spill plan
6 June, 2011
Greenland, 6 June 2011 Campaigners trying to stop deep water oil drilling in the Arctic have stepped up their campaign by lodging an official complaint with the Greenlandic parliament calling for the release of an oil spill response plan which is being kept secret by the authorities in Greenland.
18 of our activists scale Cairn's Arctic rig to get the oil spill response plan
Update: After eight hours, all 18 activists have been arrested. More >>
It never really gets dark here in the Arctic but in the soft silver
light of the early morning five inflatable speedboats left the side of
the Esperanza. They carried a delegation of eighteen activists and
headed for the giant Leiv Eiriksson looming on the horizon.