Greenpeace targeting oil sites
A special forces naval team has been sent to confront a Greenpeace ship which is on a mission to target "dangerous" deep sea oil drilling sites, the environmental group has claimed.
The Esperanza left London last week to highlight problems with oil that go "far beyond" the disaster at BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Greenpeace has not revealed which of 10 deep water drilling locations, including Brazil, the Arctic, Nigeria and the Atlantic west of Shetland, it plans to target but pledged to confront the industry head-on over its "reckless" pursuit of oil.
The group said that the Danish government had dispatched a special forces navy team on the Faroe Islands to "take on" its ship, believing it was heading for the area.
A Greenpeace spokesman said the move was "extremely premature" but added that the area west of Shetland was on the list of drilling sites it was concerned about.
"We've only just left London and we are not saying where we are going, but the deployment of special forces is concerning to us, as we are an entirely peaceful protest ship," said the spokesman.
More than 30 crew are onboard the Esperanza, which was once a Russian firefighting vessel and is equipped with several months of supplies, boats and a helicopter.