Oil Drilling

5 Ways that People Power Helped Defeat Shell

Posted by Trillia Fidei — 5 October 2015 at 1:48pm - Comments
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Shell just announced it’s giving up on drilling for oil in the Alaskan Arctic. This is a huge victory for millions of people all around the world who opposed the oil giant’s controversial plans, which put not only the fragile Arctic ecosystem at risk, but the planet as a whole.

You can’t sink a rainbow, you can’t seize a sunrise

Posted by Alex Harris — 22 January 2014 at 3:44pm - Comments
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Alex Harris at the Greenpeace office in London

I trembled as I walked through the grounds of Murmansk prison on the 26th September.

Inmates watched me and the arrival of the other notorious 29 new prisoners through their cell windows. It was pitch black outside, but the prison was alive. Alive with the sound of barking dogs, prison alarms and prisoners shouting through their barred windows.

Will brooms and shovels clean up the Arctic? We don’t think so.

Posted by Sini Harkki — 16 March 2012 at 9:09am - Comments
Greenpeace activists occupy a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki as it prep
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Greenpeace activists occupy a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki as it prepared to sail for the Arctic

I’m standing in one of the ports of Helsinki, Finland, to witness 20 Greenpeace Nordic activists boarding ice-breakers Fennica and Nordica. Banners haven been put on Fennica’s crane and on the bow of Nordica. Some of the activists ascend the drawbridge dressed in overalls and carrying buckets, brooms and shovels as they were about to clean up the deck. What is this about?

Nine questions MPs should ask Shell about its Arctic drilling

Posted by bex — 14 March 2012 at 11:03am - Comments
Activists on Shell contracted drillship
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Activists on Shell's Arctic-bound drillship, New Zealand, February 2012

Today, we’re in for a treat – another glimpse into the fantastical world of the Arctic oil spill response plan writer. 

Shell and Cairn Energy – who have both tried to use brute legal force to obstruct public scrutiny of their Arctic drilling plans and to silence Greenpeace and our supporters (more on that below) – are going to be subjected to a bit of parliamentary scrutiny. This afternoon, both companies will be giving evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry on protecting the Arctic.

Stand up for what we all stand on!

Posted by Ra_gp — 26 February 2012 at 11:38am - Comments
Activists on Shell contracted drillship
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Actor Lucy Lawless and Greenpeace New Zealand activists on a Shell-contracted drillship

Day three and (nearly four!!) of occupying Shell's drillship the 'Noble Discoverer'. (What a pathetically ironic name.)

Cairn's Arctic misadventure ends in dismal failure

Posted by bex — 30 November 2011 at 2:03pm - Comments
Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord in Greenland
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Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord in Greenland

It was the biggest oil exploration campaign ever in the Arctic. It cost over a billion dollars. And Cairn has absolutely nothing to show for it.

Verdict: Cairn's oil spill plan is outlandish, simplistic and "wholly inadequate"

Posted by bex — 31 August 2011 at 6:35am - Comments
Cairn's Leiv Eriksson rig off the coast of Greenland
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Cairn's Leiv Eriksson rig off the coast of Greenland

Earlier this month, after more than 100,000 of you asked Cairn Energy to open up its Arctic oil spill response plan to public scrutiny, the government of Greenland stepped in and published it.

The verdict is now in. Veteran marine biologist and international oil spill expert Professor Richard Steiner has completed a review of the plan and, well, it's no wonder Cairn didn't want you to see it.

The risks of investing in Arctic oil drilling

Posted by bex — 23 August 2011 at 2:17pm - Comments
Part of the leaflet handed out outside Cairn's press conference
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"Financial Crimes": the leaflet we handed out outside Cairn's press conference

This morning, Cairn Energy published its half-yearly results. There isn't much for the company to shout about in there; halfway through their 2011 drilling season, they have yet to find any oil in the Arctic.

Activists and pod captured by Danish navy, but this isn't over

Posted by bens — 2 June 2011 at 9:30am - Comments
Danish navy arrest Greenpeace activists and capture the Arctic pod
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Danish navy arrest Greenpeace activists and capture the Arctic pod

Climbers working with the Danish navy have just broken into our pod suspended from the Cairn Energy oil rig here in the Arctic seas off Greenland and arrested the two Greenpeace climbers inside.

LIVE: We're stopping Arctic oil drilling!

Posted by jamess — 29 May 2011 at 9:49am - Comments

UPDATE: The Danish Navy has arrested our activists and seized the Pod after nearly 100 hours stopping Arctic drilling

This morning we started taking direct action against the world's most controversial oil rig: Cairn Energy's Arctic driller, the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson, which was hours away from its drill site in Iceberg Alley off Greenland.

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