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Swimming against drilling: day 3

Posted by jossc — 28 September 2010 at 1:15pm - Comments

Here's the latest video from Esperanza off the west of Shetland, as our swimmers continue their vigil to halt Chevron's giant drill ship, the Stena Carron. This phase of the action is now in its third day. We've been stopping the deepwater oil drillers for a week now.

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A week and counting ... stopping Chevron and deepwater drilling

Posted by jamess — 28 September 2010 at 8:33am - Comments

As our swimming action in front of Chevron's ship enters its third day, we've been stopping the deepwater oil drillers for a week now.

First the portaledge on their anchor chain, then the pod, and now swimmers in the water.

And we're still continuing.

We got your message in front of Chevron's drill ship

Posted by jamess — 27 September 2010 at 3:28pm - Comments

A few days ago we asked you – our supporters everywhere – to suggest a banner slogan for the pod. We received loads of great entries and in the end went for one we really liked by  Michele Westlake (aka @crazyladywriter) on Twitter. It says: "Don’t SpOIL our planet".

The only problem was, with Chevron’s lawyers forcing our pod down, we had to figure out somewhere else to put it. Well, smack bang in front of the 228-metre Stena Carron seemed like a good idea, so when we jumped in yesterday, we took the banner with us.

Video: Victor, one of our Chevron anchor legends

Posted by jamess — 27 September 2010 at 3:02pm - Comments

Watch this great video of Victor, who along with Anais, was the first to scale Chevron’s Stena Carron anchor chain and start the 100 hour occupation of the ship.

Going swimming to stop the drilling

Posted by jamess — 27 September 2010 at 10:11am - Comments

Wow. It’s still sinking in. It's not every day you get to jump in front of a moving ship and actually make it stop.

Last night – about fifteen minutes before I was turning in – I heard that Chevron's drill ship, the one that we'd been hanging off for over 100 hours, had started up its engines and was heading towards its deepwater drill site north of Shetland.

Chevron had earlier hit us with a legal injunction, which said that if we got on the ship – with the pod or anything else – we'd face massive daily fines that we couldn't justify using our supporters' money to pay.

But we still had to do something. So last night as news came in that the Stena Carron was moving, Ben – our lead campaigner on board – tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was still up for going tomorrow.

The pod may be down, but we're not out.

Posted by jamess — 25 September 2010 at 6:57pm - Comments

After 100 incredible hours on Chevron’s anchor chain our occupation is over. The pod has come down. But we’re not leaving Shetland, yet.

I just got back from watching Timo and Naz lower the half-tonne pod, where with help from Victor in the safety boat, they used some more of their rigging magic to safely lower the yellow bubble into the rough seas. From there it was towed, bobbing and rocking, back to its home on the deck of the Esperanza.

Oil giant gets legal hammer to stop Greenpeace protest

Last edited 24 September 2010 at 4:42pm
24 September, 2010

US energy giant Chevron has this afternoon sought a court order to shut down a Greenpeace protest.

Environmental campaigners have been occupying a purpose-built reinforced survival pod attached to the anchor chain of a Chevron-operated oil drilling ship off Shetland. The direct action protest began on Tuesday morning and prevented the Stena Carron leaving to drill an exploratory well in deep water off the Scottish coast.

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