Activists removed from oil rig
Published 03/06/2011 | 13:52
Police have removed two activists from an oil rig off Greenland's coast after they climbed aboard to try to stop an oil company from deep-water drilling in the Arctic.
The British and American Greenpeace activists face fines and expulsion for trespassing and violating a 310ft safety zone around the Cairn Energy rig.
They were apprehended "without any drama" after four days in a pod under the rig, police said.
Scottish company Cairn said it had started drilling two wells off Nuuk, the semiautonomous Danish territory's capital.
Greenpeace has criticised Cairn - the only company drilling in the area - for not taking extra precautions to avoid accidents such as the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.