Posted on May 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Four Greenpeace activists boarded an oil rig on April the 29th in an attempt to protest oil drilling in the Norwegian Arctic.

The oil drilling rig in question, West Hercules, is owned by the deepwater drilling company, Equinor and is located off the town of Hammerfest, north of Tromsoe, Norway.

Upon arriving at the rig, four protesters proceeded to climb up the structure, while four others were circling the base of the oil rig in kayaks.

Several other protesters were seen at the shore, holding banners with slogans such as “Ban New Oil” and “People versus Oil”.

"We in Greenpeace, together with another youth NGO, Nature and Youth, are here to protest against new oil drilling, especially from oil fields in the Arctic, which is a vulnerable area," said Greenpeace Norway's Communications Manager Aud Hegli Nordo in a statement to the press.

Greenpeace Protest Norway Oil Rig

There was no immediate reaction to the protest on behalf of the Norwegian Police or Equinor.

The activists, who hail from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany, peacefully departed the rig on Tuesday when the weather took a turn for the worse.

 "We always put our own and others' safety first, and therefore we have decided to leave the rig. But the work to stop new oil drilling continues with full strength," said Frode Pleym, the head of Greenpeace Norway in a statement.


Image Courtesy of Greenpeace Norge.

Posted in Pollution , Environment , Greenpeace , Norway , Europe , Oil Drilling

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