August 15, 2013 (Barents Sea) — After two days of protest from the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, the oil exploration vessel Akademik Lazarev is leaving the Rosneft oil field and returning to port.
Seismic exploration presents a danger to marine mammals and fish since it is dependent on continued discharging of very loud acoustic guns. Moreover, seismic explorations is a key step in preparation for oil drilling, an activity that presents a great threat to the fragile Arctic environment. Greenpeace has confronted the Akademik Lazarev over the last few days, demanding that Rosneft cease its operations in the Barents and Kara Sea. Late last night, the Rosneft-contracted vessel informed Greenpeace that it was leaving the Rosneft oil fields in the Russian Arctic to return to the port of Murmansk.
The Arctic Sunrise will continue patrolling the Russian Arctic in an effort to expose and confront Russian oil companies like Rosneft and their western partners like Exxon Mobil, Statoil and BP, who are preparing to drill in the region.
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