Stockholm: Eighteen Greenpeace activists have climbed a 53,000-ton oil rig in the Arctic waters off Greenland to protest deep-water drilling by a Scottish oil company, the environmental group said on Saturday.
The activists claim that Cairn Energy, which runs the Leiv Eiriksson rig, is not taking enough precautions to avoid accidents like the Gulf of Mexico blowout in 2010, and demand the group release a plan for how to manage a potential oil spill.
The activists launched five inflatable speed boats from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza early morning, bypassing the Danish navy and scaling the giant rig to make their way to the drill manager`s office.
The group said an oil response plan has not been
"Cairn Energy is hiding its oil spill response plan so we`re going to the one place where there must be a copy of it," Greenpeace campaigner Ben Ayliffe said.
"It`s obvious why Cairn won`t tell the world how it would clean up a BP-style oil spill here in the Arctic, and that`s because it can`t be done," he said.
The group claims the remoteness and freezing temperatures in the area would make a cleanup extremely difficult.
Cairn, which last month won permission to drill up to seven oil exploration wells off the Arctic island`s west coast, could not immediately be reached for comment on Saturday.
Greenland`s government has called the Greenpeace action a publicity stunt at the expense of Greenland`s "legitimate right" to develop its economy.