Greenpeace Activists Occupy Oil Rig in Norwegian Arctic

A team of Greenpeace International activists head towards the Statoil contracted oil rig Transocean Spitsbergen to protest the company's plans to drill the northernmost well in the Norwegian Arctic at the Apollo Prospect of the Barents Sea on Monday, May 27 2014.

A group of fifteen Greenpeace activists from eight different countries boarded and climbed an oil rig in the Norwegian arctic Monday morning, protesting a Norwegian company's plans to drill there.
The activists, who were in the area on the Greenpeace ship the MV Esperanza in the Barents Sea approximately 190 miles north of Norway, made the decision to board the drilling rig Transocean Spitsbergen, which was en route to the Hoop area in the Barents Sea, after learning that the Norwegian government had reversed an earlier decision blocking drilling in the region.

Greenpeace says the drilling site, the most northernmost well in the Norwegian Arctic, is too close to the Bear Island nature reserve — and an oil spill would devastate the island's unique and unspoiled habitat.
Greenpeace's message: Pull out.
"The activists want to save this pristine and harsh environment from oil spills," Juha Aromaa, communications lead for Greenpeace Arctic Ship Tour tells Mashable. "They want to stop climate change that the burning of oil is causing. They have a clear message to the Norwegian Minister of Environment Tine Sundtoft; she must stop Statoil’s Arctic drilling plans."
Sune Scheller, an activist on board the Esperanza, tells Mashable that one of the greatest challenges with Arctic drilling is the long distance to any infrastructure that would be necessary in the event of a spill. "Dangerous oil spills happen all the time," he says, "but when we are talking about the Arctic it is a whole different manner."
And so, they occupy.

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