VIDEO: Greenpeace Activists Protest Against Statoil – Rosneft Arctic Drilling Plans

Greenpeace Activists Protest Against Statoil-Rosneft Arctic Drilling Plans

Greenpeace activists  wearing polar bear costumes protested yesterday against Statoil’s arctic drilling plans in front of the oil company’s Moscow office.

The three ‘polar bears’ chained themselves to oil barrels with signs saying “The Arctic is worth more than oil” and “We are hostages of your greed” to protest against the partnership between Norwegian company Statoil and Rosneft to drill the Russian Arctic.

Below, one can see a video of the events, as shared by AFP on their YouTube channel:


Earlier this month, two Greenpeace activists, also wearing polar bear costumes, climbed aboard the West Hercules semi-submersible drilling rig at Westcon Shipyard in  Ølensvåg, Norway. The rig will be used by Statoil in the Barents Sea.

The organisation has been fighting against Arctic drilling, claiming that an oil spill in such a remote area would be catastrophic for the environment.

To remind, in 2011, Greenpeace activists boarded the Leiv Eiriksson rig, off the coast of Greenland, trying to prevent the Scottish oil company Cairn from drilling in the waters of the world’s largest island. They were charged with trespassing and fined 20,000 DKK.


Offshore Energy Today Staff, April 26, 2013


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