Greenpeace activists board BP oil rig heading for North Sea

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 12, 2019

This is the moment Greenpeace activists scaled a BP oil rig to prevent it continuing its journey to the North Sea to drill for oil.

The two Greenpeace protesters have now "set up camp" on the rig, the group said in a statement Monday.

They are calling for BP to end drilling for new oil wells. BP says they care about climate change, yet they're pumping billions into the search for new oil while lobbying against tougher action on climate change. They say BP should instead switch to investing in renewables.

Responding to the protest, a spokeswoman for BP told MailOnline: 'In all operations safety is our top priority.

The rig - owned by Transocean and operated by BP - was making its way to the Vorlich field in the North Sea.

They are now occupying a gantry on a leg of the 27,000-tonne Transocean rig, below the main deck, and have vowed to continue the protest until contractor BP stops drilling.

A statement quoted a Greenpeace activist identified as Jo as saying: "Warm words flow from BP on their commitment to tackling climate change, yet this rig - and the 30 million barrels it seeks to drill - are a sure a sign that BP are committed to business as usual, fuelling a climate emergency that threatens millions of lives and the future of the living world".

"The perverse idea we must maximise our oil and gas reserves can not continue". While we recognise the right for peaceful protest, the actions of this group are irresponsible and may put themselves and others unnecessarily at risk.

'We are working with Transocean-the rig's owner and operator-and the authorities to assess the situation and resolve it peacefully and safely.

A spokeswoman for BP claimed the company was playing its part and had cut its emissions by 1.7 million tonnes a year ago. We support the Paris Agreement.

BP said it was working with Transocean and the authorities to try to resolve the situation and Police Scotland said it was aware of an ongoing incident but that the situation was now within the jurisdiction of the Cromarty Firth Port Authority.

"We share the protestors' concerns about the climate. We are committed to being part of the solution to the climate challenge facing all of us".

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