Greenpeace activists halt BP's North Sea oil rig

Federico Mansilla
Junio 12, 2019

They said the rig protesters have provisions to remain in place for "several days".

In a statement released by Greenpeace, an activist on the rig called Jo said: "Warm words flow from BP on their commitment to tackling climate change".

Demonstrators in boats also drew up alongside the rig before climbing on board and unfurling a banner reading "Climate Emergency".

Greenpeace activists have boarded an oil rig in the Cromarty Firth in protest at plans by BP to drill new oil wells in the North Sea. For as long as we are here, this rig isn't going anywhere.

The campaigners urged BP to abandon all its new oil fields because of the unfolding climate crisis, which is being driven largely by Carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels.

"They know full well they're fuelling a climate emergency that threatens the lives of millions".

If BP does not do as it demands, Greenpeace should "wind down its operations, return cash to investors and go out of business".

'The perverse idea we must maximise our oil and gas reserves can not continue.

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Police Scotland said it was aware of an ongoing incident but that the situation was now within the jurisdiction of the Cromarty Firth's Port Authority.

A BP spokesman said: "In all operations safety is our top priority".

'While we recognise the right for peaceful protest, the actions of this group are irresponsible and may put themselves and others unnecessarily at risk.

BP said it was working with the rig's owner and operator - Transocean - and the authorities to resolve the situation "peacefully and safely".

The company added that it shared the protesters' concerns about the environment and supported the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

"That means the government must seriously reform the Oil & Gas Authority and instead invest heavily in the crucial work of helping oil communities like those in Scotland move from fossil fuels to the industries that will power our low carbon future".

"We're reducing emissions from our own operations - down 1.7 million tonnes past year - improving our products to help our customers reduce their emissions, and creating new low carbon businesses. We are committed to being part of the solution to the climate challenge facing all of us".

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