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Greenpeace Protesters Board Cairn Oil Rig

August 31, 2010
Reuters reports, protesters from the environmental group Greenpeace boarded a drilling rig operated by UK- based Cairn Energy. Greenpeace said four campaigners climbed aboard the Stena Don, a semi-submersible rig, which has been drilling the Alpha prospect in the Sigguk block, 175 km offshore Disko Island, West Greenland. Cairn has said Greenland could have billions of barrels of reserves but the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has raised fears about the risks of offshore drilling. The Greenpeace activists have suspended themselves in tents from the rig and have enough provisions for days, said spokesman Ben Stewart, on Greenpeace ship the Esperanza. The Esperanza has been in the area for over a week planning activities to prevent Cairn from completing its objectives before the end of the narrow summer drilling season. Commandoes from a Danish warship, which has been trailing the Esperanza failed to stop campaigners from boarding the rig.