Greenpeace quits occupation of UK North Sea drilling rig


By the OGJ Online Staff

LONDON, Apr. 9�Greenpeace volunteers disembarked from a Sante Fe International Corp. rig conducting cementing operations for BG International PLC at its UK North Sea Blake field Saturday, after BG obtained an injunction against the environmental group.

A spokesman for the UK operator said that the Court of Session in Edinburgh had issued an injunction against Greenpeace on Friday, but that the six climbers occupying the Sante Fe 135 rig had not left until noon the next day "for safety reasons."

He said the rig has resumed work at the field on Block 13/24 in the Outer Moray Firth. BG has not decided whether to take further legal action against Greenpeace.

Three of the six Greenpeace volunteers who scaled the rig Friday set up camp on one of the rig's legs in a bell-shape survival pod, while two others abseiled down the rig to paint "Oil Kills" on one of the rig's legs.

The protest came 5 days after 21 Greenpeace activists waylaid a rig under contract to Conoco Inc. in Scotland's Cromarty Firth as it prepared to begin a drilling campaign.

Related Articles

Beach Energy extends success in Cooper western flank

03/31/2014 Beach Energy Ltd., Adelaide, has extended its successful run of oil discoveries in the western flank Cooper-Eromanga basin play in South Australia ...

White House eyes steps to curb oil, gas methane emissions

03/29/2014 The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations as part of a broader strategy. They included reg...

Tullow advances Kenya exploration program

03/28/2014 Tullow Oil PLC has moved forward with exploration and appraisal activities conducted by four rigs operating on Blocks 10BB and 13T onshore Kenya.

Lundin completes appraisal wells for Johan Sverdrup

03/28/2014 Lundin Norway AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum AB, has completed Johan Sverdrup appraisal wells 16/3-8 S and 16/3-8 S T2 in the ea...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected