Greenpeace boards another rig, stops Chevron ops offshore Shetland Islands

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Environmental activists with Greenpeace have boarded the Stena Carron drillship and stopped the rig from moving into position to drill west of Shetland.

According to a report from Greenpeace, two activists have climbed the drillship’s anchor chain, preventing drillers from pulling up and moving to the drillsite. The activists are now hanging from the underside of the drillship in tents.

Greenpeace wants the “North Sea governments to adopt a ban on all deepwater drilling,” stressing the need to switch to green energy.

The rig is due to drill for Chevron West of the Shetland Islands in the Atlantic Margin, an area that is estimated to hold billions of barrels of oil equivalent.

Owned and operated by Stena Drilling, the Stena Carron drillship is designed to work in harsh environments like the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea. The rig can drill in waters up to 10,000 feet deep. 

Earlier this month, Greenpeace stopped Cairn-operated drilling operations at the Stena Don semisub offshore Greenland. The activists are being prosecuted by the local authorities

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