LIVE BLOG: New action to stop Russian oil giant Gazprom’s oil platform in the Arctic
by Guest Blogger
August 27, 2012
© Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace
A short while ago, seven Greenpeace International activists, including Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, headed toward Gazprom’s giant drilling platform in the Russian Arctic for the second time in three days. The activists, in two high-speed boats, intercepted a supply vessel as it prepared to drop off the workers to the oil platform.
Last updates :
We’ve stopped them for 7 hours and counting..
Our tiny boat is facing massive ship with huge water cannons. One of our RIB attached to the anchor has been flipped by hoses… Activists were in the water. They are now safe, and well, in another boat. Action is going on as another team is moving into position … stay tuned !
Kumi’s boat is now attached to anchor chain of this vessel – it’s not moving anywhere and so the platform workers cant get on-board, effectively stopping its preparations to drill for oil in the Arctic.
A Russian Coast Guard vessel is nearby, and presumably assessing the situation.
A second load of activists have been brought to the scene – now 14 in total.