Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Activists removed from oil rig

Greenpeace activists outside an Arctic survival pod attached to the underside of the 53,000-tonne Leiv Eiriksson oil rig

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.

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