GO BEYOND OIL

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GO BEYOND OIL



31 Tuesday 31st August 2010

Greenpeace claimed to have taken occupation of the Stena Don oil-rig in the Arctic just after dawn this morning. The environmentalists are taking action against Edinburgh based oil company Cairn and the rig has been forced to stop drilling due to the breach of the security zone.

Cairn are looking for the last drops of oil left on Earth but according to Greenpeace they are risking another disaster like the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Their protest ship, called the Esperanza, headed for the Waters of Baffin Bay nine days ago after alarm bells were raised when the oil company found evidence of gas deep in the Arctic waters. The aim of Greenpeaces’ protest is for the climbers to hold occupation of the rig shutdown the drilling for as long as possible.
 
 
They have endured freezing conditions and evaded the Dutch Navy on inflatable boats and a few hours ago the first images of the climbers were released to the press. The environmentalists are pictured hanging from the rig on suspended ropes and are said to have supplies to last them several days. Cairn are working on a tight deadline and if the protesters can hold off the drilling for enough time the sea will return to ice and the drilling will be unable to continue. The area in which the rig is situated is known as “Ice Berg Alley” and the activists on board the Esperanza claim to have seen Cairn towing an Ice Berg out of the way and hosing it down in attempt to break it up. Cairn are arguing that finding oil in the region will be good because it will boost the economy in Greenland. If Cairn are successful in finding oil the big companies such as Shell and Exxon will be moving in to claim their steak. However in light of the recent oil disaster BP have withdrawn from applying.
 
Greenpeace say we are running out of time to save the Earth’s biosphere and need to ‘Go beyond Oil’ and find alternatives to fossil fuel. The irony being that Greenpeace sailed to Greenland using thousands of pounds worth of diesel and are taking photographs of the ‘peaceful protest’ using a helicopter. Neither of which would have been possible without the exploration of oil…

 

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