Greenpeace International activists shut down Chevron deepwater drilling ship

  • Posted on: 21 September 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Greenpeace activist speaks from the Arctic

 

Earlier today, Greenpeace International activists started taking action against a massive oil drilling ship, stopping it from leaving to drill a deep water well off the Shetland Islands. They are now occupying the ship's anchor chain one mile off the coast.

Anais and Victor climbed up the giant anchor chain of the 228m long drill ship, Stena Carron, and are now suspended from the chain in tents. They are preventing the anchor from being pulled up and effectively blocking the ship from moving to its drill site. Greenpeace International is calling on North Sea governments to adopt a ban on all deepwater drilling.

Two days ago a handful of Greenpeace activists slipped away from our ship, the Esperanza, in Aberdeen and boarded a ferry for the Shetland Islands. Then this morning, when the drill ship looked like it was about to move - they started the peaceful action.

The ship is operated by oil giant Chevron and was due to sail for a site 200km north of the Shetland Islands to drill a well in 500 metres of water in an ecologically sensitive area known as the Atlantic Frontier.

Anais and Victor have just returned from a Greenpeace expedition to the Arctic, where they were members of the team that stopped drilling at a controversial deep water drilling rig operated by Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy.

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