Greenpeace North Sea rig disruption

Greenpeace North Sea rig disruption efforts continue

Greenpeace efforts to thwart an oil rig heading into the North Sea have been continuing.

The Transocean rig has been heading for BP’s Vorlich field, 150 miles (241km) east of Aberdeen, after protesters delayed its departure from the Cromarty Firth for six days.
Greenpeace said the rig had been forced to head towards land. BP accused the group of putting people at risk.
Fourteen people have been arrested since activists first boarded the rig.
The environmental group claimed its ship Arctic Sunrise had forced the structure and its supporting tugs to carry out a U-turn.
Activist Sarah North said from the Arctic Sunrise: “We are determined to stop BP drilling new oil wells in the North Sea.”
BP repeated in a statement on Monday afternoon: “Reckless attempts by Greenpeace protestors to interfere with the rig while under transport risk the safety not only of those individuals but anyone responding.
“There is also a clear and blatant breach of criminal law and the court orders in place against both Greenpeace and their vessel. Greenpeace is choosing to wilfully break the law.”
The structure had resumed its journey on Friday night, following police operations to remove protesters.

Vorlich field, via BP/BBC
Vorlich field, via BP/BBC

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