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Activists occupy oil rig in fight to prevent Arctic drilling | The Guardian

Greenpeace activists protesting against Arctic drilling. Photograph: Markel Redondo/Greenpeace

The fight to stop the global oil industry exploring the pristine deep waters of the Arctic has been dubbed the new cold war, and early on Friday it escalated as environmental activists from 12 countries occupied the world’s second largest rig on its way from Turkey to Greenland to drill among the icebergs.

The protesters found the 52,000-tonne semi-submersible platform Leiv Eiriksson at around midnight, steaming due west at a stately six knots in the sea of Marmara, heading for the Dardanelle straits and the open Mediterranean. It took four more hours for Greenpeace to bring in its inflatables and a further 50 minutes in the choppy moonlit sea to intercept it.

Read more here: Activists occupy oil rig in fight to prevent Arctic drilling | Environment | The Guardian.

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