29 May '11, 11pm

Greenpeace climbers occupy Arctic oil rig

COPENHAGEN - TWO Greenpeace activists occupied a drilling platform in south-western Greenland on Sunday to protest oil prospecting in the Arctic, causing the government to issue an angry reaction. The activists, who arrived by rubber dinghy, climbed the 53,000-tonne 'Leif Eiriksson', a rig due to begin drilling for oil for Scottish company Cairn Energy. They placed themselves in a survival pod that now hangs from the platform 30m above icy water below, Greenpeace said. 'The two men are in this capsule with enough supplies for 10 days,' said Birgitte Lesanner, Greenpeace spokeswoman in Denmark. The event took place early on Sunday morning, about 100 kilometres off the coast of Greenland's capital, Nuuk. The platform was on its way to its field of operations where two seperate drilling explorations are to take place before December, when Arctic water begins icing over. One o...

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