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LIVE: We're stopping Arctic oil drilling!

Posted by jamess — 29 May 2011 at 9:49am - Comments

UPDATE: The Danish Navy has arrested our activists and seized the Pod after nearly 100 hours stopping Arctic drilling

This morning we started taking direct action against the world's most controversial oil rig: Cairn Energy's Arctic driller, the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson, which was hours away from its drill site in Iceberg Alley off Greenland.

Tax breaks for riskiest oil drilling?

Posted by Richardg — 27 May 2011 at 5:45pm - Comments

There’s a dangerous storm brewing in the North Sea. But this is no natural disaster - it’s been whipped up by oil and gas companies lobbying for a major tax cut.

In the Budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced a fuel duty stabiliser. When oil prices were high – over $75 a barrel to be precise – he’d cut taxes on motoring, and tax oil companies instead. When oil prices dropped below $75 a barrel, he’d whack a tax on fuel, but give oil companies a break. 

Paula Bear: Where's your spill response plan, Cairn?

Posted by jamess — 26 May 2011 at 10:35am - Comments
Paula blocking the entrance to Cairn's HQ
All rights reserved. Credit: Felix Clay / Greenpeace
Paula blocking the entrance to Cairn's HQ

This morning Paula Bear swung into action as a Greenpeace activist. While our ships are confronting Cairn Energy's oil rig in the Arctic, she’s blocking the entrance to the wildcat drillers' headquarters in Edinburgh.

Horrified that Cairn Energy are drilling for oil in the Arctic, Paula’s rage was tipped over the edge when she learned that Cairn won’t even make their oil spill response plan public.

Arctic Stand-off : Two Greenpeace ships confront world’s most controversial oil rig

Posted by NickYoungGP — 24 May 2011 at 12:28pm - Comments
Greenpeace intercepts Cairn Energy's Arctic oil rig
All rights reserved. Credit: © Steve Morgan / Greenpeace
Greenpeace intercepts Cairn Energy's Arctic oil rig

Despite it being the size of a small cathedral, locating Cairn Energy’s oil rig Leiv Eiriksson amongst the icebergs in the North Atlantic is like finding a needle in a haystack.

But, after a week long search for the giant 53,000 tonne rig we found it last night 200 miles west of Greenland under the escort of a Danish warship!

Government documents: Arctic oil spill all but impossible to clear up

Posted by jamess — 24 May 2011 at 9:55am - Comments
The Arctic Sunrise and the Esperanza intercept Cairn Energy's controversial Arct
All rights reserved. Credit: © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace
The Arctic Sunrise and the Esperanza intercept Cairn Energy's controversial Arctic rig

We obtained a series of documents [download part one and part two, both pdfs] today under a Freedom of Information request that show the government is saying privately what we've been saying publicly: an Arctic oil spill would be all but impossible to clear up.

The drills are heading into the Arctic ice

Posted by ben — 11 May 2011 at 4:01pm - Comments
Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig
All rights reserved. Credit: Will Rose / Greenpeace
Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig

Yesterday, the UK’s wildest wildcat oil company, Cairn Energy, received the news it has been waiting for: it got permission from the Greenland authorities to start its 2011 Arctic drilling programme.

Deepwater Horizon - One Year On

Last edited 26 April 2011 at 10:50am
Publication date: 
26 April, 2011
On March 31, three weeks before the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, President Barack Obama announced plans to open offshore oil drilling along the east coast of the United States from Virginia to Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, ending a decades-long moratorium.
He further announced research to assess the feasibility of offshore drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off the north coast of Alaska.
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Deepwater Horizon - One Year On

Last edited 26 April 2011 at 10:47am

On March 31, three weeks before the BP Deepwater Horizon
disaster, President Barack Obama announced plans to open offshore oil
drilling along the east coast of the United
States from Virginia to Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, ending a
decades-long moratorium.
He further announced research to assess the feasibility of offshore drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off the north coast of Alaska.

Explaining the 2010 decision was “intended to reduce dependence on oil imports, generate revenue from the sale of offshore leases and help win political support for comprehensive energy and climate legislation,” the New York Times wrote: “the sheer breadth of the offshore drilling decision will take some of [the president’s] supporters aback... Even as Mr. Obama curries favors with pro-drilling interests, he risks a backlash from some coastal governors, senators and environmental advocates, who say that the relatively small amounts of oil to be gained in the offshore areas are not worth the environmental risks.”

The Arctic: what's at stake

Posted by jamess — 22 April 2011 at 9:19am - Comments
We must protect the Arctic from dangerous deep water oil drilling
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace / Nick Cobbing
We must protect the Arctic from dangerous deep water oil drilling

As our action against Cairn's Arctic-bound oil rig gets underway, there's no better time to remind us all of what's at stake - watch and share these powerful pictures.

LIVE: we've scaled and occupied Cairn's Arctic rig

Posted by jamess — 22 April 2011 at 7:03am - Comments
by. Credit: Greenpeace

UPDATE: Force 7 gales have forced the activists down from the rig and to safety. But the campaign continues - stay tuned.

It's the only rig on the planet that is destined to begin new deep sea drilling in the Arctic this year.

Cairn Energy's Leiv Eiriksson is on its way to Baffin Bay, Greenland, leading the new oil rush.

This morning at 5.40 local time, a handful of our volunteers intercepted the rig shortly after it left Besiktas near Istanbul in Turkey.