Cairn win Arctic injunction against Greenpeace

A Dutch judge has granted an injunction to prevent Greenpeace from disrupting drilling at Cairn Energy’s oil rig off the coast of Greenland. The District Court in Amsterdam has also […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A Dutch judge has granted an injunction to prevent Greenpeace from disrupting drilling at Cairn Energy’s oil rig off the coast of Greenland.

The District Court in Amsterdam has also put in place a fine of €50,000 per day, up to a maximum of €1 million for any future disruption of Cairn’s work at the rig.

Cairn won their bid against Greenpeace after activists accessed the Leiv Eiriksson oil rig, hanging a survival pod off the side of it.

Two Greenpeace protestors who occupied the pod were removed from the rig by Danish marines earlier this week.

The Edinburgh-based oil and gas company said: “Cairn respects the rights of individuals and organisations to express their views in a safe and peaceful manner but cannot allow any action that poses a potential threat to the safety of our employees or the protesters involved.”

The environmental campaigners have reservations about Cairn’s oil spill response plan, which they say they have been unable to see.

But Cairn is firm that Government of Greenland policy dictates it should not make the oil spill response documents publicly available.