Today, Sept 18, 2013, Greenpeace International announced that two of their activists were arrested in the Russian Arctic after they climbed the Prirazlomnaya oil platform in protest of Arctic drilling. The State owned platform is poised to be the first to draw oil from Arctic waters and is situated in the remote Pechora Sea. Production is slated for the first quarter of 2014, despite the location in a natural preserve.
The head of Greenpeace International’s Arctic oil campaign, Ben Ayliffe, said: “Let’s be absolutely clear about this: the real threat to the Arctic comes not from Greenpeace International but from oil companies like Gazprom that are determined to ignore both science and good sense to drill in remote, frozen seas.”
This morning five inflatable boats were launched from the Greenpeace ship, the Artic Sunrise, and were met with 11 warning shots and a request from the Russian Coast Guard to board. Greenpeace reports that the Russian coast guard drew guns on Greenpeace activists who were in the water as well as those who attempted to board the platform.
Activist and blogger Camila Speziale, reports that the Russian Coast Guard also rammed their inflatable boats, a dangerous act of aggression in Arctic waters. The Coast Guard ordered Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise to leave the area under threat of more gunfire. At this time the Greenpeace ship remains close to the platform.
Sources: Greenpeace International