Six Greenpeace activists who scaled a Shell oil drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean have left it. The oil drilling rig is located in the Arctic. After the Greenpeace activists left the oil rig, Shell secured a restraining order against the organization.
The protestors included two people from Australia and New Zealand. They both had been camped out for a week on the 38,000 tonne Polar Pioneer platform after they went 1,200 kilometers northwest of Hawaii. They eventually reached the oil rig through boats that were inflatable via Greenpeace vessel Esperanza.
The transportation of the rig is made through a heavy structured vessel. It is on the way to the Arctic to determine the further plans for the same. According to the spokeswoman of Shell, Kelly op de Weegh ‘We’re pleased the court agreed to grant a restraining order against Greenpeace. It’s unfortunate we had to pursue this legal action, but we don’t want a repeat of previous illegal stunts, including the group’s illegal boarding on the Polar Pioneer drilling rig, this month.
‘These tactics are not peaceful protests. They jeopardize the safety of the people working on board and the protesters themselves, especially aboard a moving vessel at sea.’
Shell had always been open for discussions about problems as well as benefits of exploring the energy in the Arctic. However, the unlawful actions of Greenpeace were criticized by the spokeswoman of Shell.
A confirmation has been received by Greenpeace about the six activists that left for the oil rig. The team included Zoe Lennox from Australia and Johno Smith from Auckland, New Zealand. They both left the drilling rig on Saturday into inflatable boats. They took the boats straight to Esperanza that is nearby. The reason given by both the activists about leaving the oil rig is the worst weather conditions.
According to the executive director of Greenpeace USA, “It’s astounding that Shell seems to think it has the right to jeopardize our environment and our economy, without being accountable to society,” said Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA. I thank the climbers for being society’s eyes and ears on Shell’s rig, letting them know that millions of us are watching their every move, because there is simply no such a thing as ‘safe’ drilling in the Arctic.
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