Stopping Chevron Deepwater Drilling

Activists occupy ship's anchor chain off the Shetland Islands

Feature story - September 21, 2010
Activists took action against a massive oil drilling ship, stopping it from leaving to drill a deep water well off the Shetland Islands. They are now occupying the ship's anchor chain.

Activists climbed up the giant anchor chain of the Stena Carron, and are now suspended from the chain in tents. They are preventing the anchor from being pulled up and effectively blocking the ship from moving to its drill site. We are calling on North Sea governments to adopt a ban on all deepwater drilling.

The ship is operated by oil giant Chevron and was due to sail for a site 200km north of the Shetland Islands to drill a well in 500 metres of water in an ecologically sensitive area known as the Atlantic Frontier.

Anais and Victor have just returned from a Greenpeace expedition to the Arctic, where they were members of the team that stopped drilling at a controversial deep water drilling rig operated by Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy.

Anais and Victor training on the Esperanza. 

Update September 22

Victor and Anais have now returned safely to the Esperanza. Inflatable boats launched from the Esperanza towed a two metre diameter 'survival pod' to the Stena Carron drill ship. Two new activists are now secure inside the survival pod, where they are protected from the elements and have supplies to last for at least a month.

Live updates from the Arctic

Action updates appear automatically below. To send a message to the ship, reply to @gp_espy on Twitter.

We saw what happened in theGulf of Mexicoonly a few months ago.The world's biggest oil spill a direct consequence of reckless deepwater drilling. It's time we go beyond oil and stop gambling with our environment and the climate.

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