Copenhagen – Four Greenpeace activists who had clung to an oil rig off western Greenland with rock-climbing gear were arrested on Thursday after an Arctic storm forced them to abandon their environmental protest.
Police spokesperson Morten Nielsen said the four men – from the US, Finland, Poland and Germany – faced preliminary charges of violating a 500m security perimeter around the Stena Don rig and trespassing by climbing onto the installation.
The activists had been suspended under the rig since Tuesday to protest Scottish company Cairn Energy PLC’s deepwater drilling in the area, saying it could spark an oil rush in sensitive Arctic waters….
“We stopped this rig drilling for oil for two days but the campaign is far from over,” Greenpeace spokesperson Jon Burgwald said by telephone from the ship Esperanza, which is anchored off Greenland.
“Our activists hung there for more than 40 hours but last night, a freezing storm and high waves made them decide it was too risky. So we contacted the police to say we were stopping the action,” he said.