Green protest shuts down oil rig

By Charlie Gall

FOUR Greenpeace activists yesterday invaded an oil rig in the Arctic Ocean.

The campaigners said Edinburgh firm Cairn Energy ‘s rig had been boarded by climbers occupying hanging tents.

Only last week, Cairn said they had discovered gas off the coast of Greenland.

But Greenpeace have raised concerns in the wake of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. Greenpeace said their action had forced Cairn to stop drilling.

The group have enough supplies for several days.

They breached a 1650ft security perimeter around the Stena Don rig off western Greenland. The protest triggered an automatic shutdown of t he r i g ‘s operations.

Danish police said the activists would be arrested.

Greenland is a semiautonomous Danish territory and police have been monitoring t he activists from a navy ship.

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