North Sea oil: Updates in Greenpeace vs. Chevron
After four days of Greenpeace activists hanging in a survival pod attached to an oil drilling ship in the North Sea, a court in Edinburgh, Scotland issued an injunction yesterday ordering the campaigners to leave on grounds of safety.
According to an article in the Observer, oil giant Chevron claimed the need to move their ship due to rough seas, though Greenpeace countered that Chevron simply intends to venture into another site for exploratory deep-sea drilling. Greenpeace announced that it would comply, nonetheless.
Yet just one day later, Greenpeace has renewed its efforts to stop deep-sea oil drilling in the North Sea by swimming in front of the drilling ship, named the Stena Carron.
From a Press Association report:
That oil drill ship is the size of a sky-scraper on its side and as it cut through the water towards us I felt really scared, it’s like nothing I’ve ever done, but we are determined to stop it reaching its deep water drilling site.
–Greenpeace activists Ben Stewart
The swimmers haven’t stopped the massive Stena Carron from reaching its goal, but the action is just one effort in a new wave of tactics from the environmental campaigner in its fight against deep water drilling.