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UK plans to scupper drilling moratorium exposed on Twitter

Posted by jamess — 24 September 2010 at 10:53am - Comments

Ok Twitter friends, it’s time to take action.

While Timo and Naz are out there hanging off Chevron's rig in the pod, stopping deepwater drilling, our politicians are out in Norway wrecking regional plans for a moratorium.

Yesterday we put out a message on Twitter, as soon as we heard from our German colleagues what was happening at the OSPAR conference:


Next thing that happens is Richard Benyon, the Under-Secretary for the Environment tweeted this:

Twitter message 1

They accosted you Mr Benyon because you're scuppering an important initiative to stop deepwater drilling!

Day 3 - The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted by jamess — 23 September 2010 at 7:08pm - Comments

Well the good news is that our occupation of Chevron’s deepwater drill ship has reached the end of its third day and is still going strong.  Timo and Naz are currently up in the pod and the word from them is that they could hardly be happier.  Last time I heard from Timo he’d just finished tinkering with the solar panels and was relaxing after chowing down on a self-heating veggie curry.

Greenpeace activists spending third day on anchor chain as Brent Spar police chief says: "There's no simple way to get them off"

Last edited 23 September 2010 at 1:09pm
23 September, 2010

Greenpeace campaigners who attached a purpose-built reinforced survival pod to an oil drilling ship to stop it moving are spending their third day hanging from the anchor chain.

The occupation off Shetland continues as former Lothian and Borders Police chief constable George Esson, who led the Shell operation to remove Greenpeace from the infamous Brent Spar rig 15 years ago, said there were no easy options for the operators of the ship.

Pod tour - what it's like inside the yellow bubble

Posted by jamess — 23 September 2010 at 8:45am - Comments

Watch Leila give us a tour of the inside of the pod - the little survival station we've got setup on Chevron's anchor chain.

The pod has everything you need, bathroom, kitchen, hospital .. and housemates.

We'll get you updates from the pod as soon as we get them, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or for the latest.

-- James on the Esperanza

Day 2 - Love for the pod

Posted by jamess — 22 September 2010 at 9:58pm - Comments

Following a heroic 24 hours by Anais and Victor in the tent suspended off the anchor chain, today we stepped it all up a notch by bringing in a purpose-built half-tonne survival pod.

I say ‘we’ but in fact I just sat on the safety boat watching in awe at the rigging magic going on at the hands of Anais, Victor, Nazareth and Timo.

Video: attaching our survival pod to the Stena Carron

Posted by jossc — 22 September 2010 at 3:02pm - Comments

Nice video footage just in of today's action to attach a survival pod to the anchor chain of Chevron's drilling ship, the Stena Carron.

Now the pod is successfully attached it will make life a bit easier for the activists aboard, enabling them to stay in position far longer than the previous portaledge.

Greenpeace is in Shetland to stop dangerous deep water drilling in UK waters, which resulted in the Gulf oil disaster earlier in the year. Greenpeace campaigner Leila is on hand to tell you more...

Stick your message on our pod

Posted by jamie — 22 September 2010 at 1:31pm - Comments

Not all of us can scamper up an oil rig's anchor chain - but we can all come up with ideas, and we need yours asap.

As our occupation of Chevron's massive drill ship goes on, we want a banner slogan from you to explain what our politicians need to do about deep water drilling.

Campaigners step up oil rig protest with deployment of 'survival pod'

Last edited 22 September 2010 at 10:32am
22 September, 2010

Environmental campaigners who yesterday stopped an oil platform from leaving Scotland to drill a deep water well have attached a purpose-built reinforced ‘survival pod' to its huge anchor chain and say they now have the means to continue their occupation for a month.

Pod people latch on in phase two of drilling ship action

Posted by jamie — 22 September 2010 at 10:14am - Comments
Attaching our pod to the Stena Carron

We've stepped up our action in the waters off Shetland where - in addition to climbers Victor and Anais on the anchor chain of the Stena Carron – a custom-built survival pod has been brought into play. Two metres in diameter and weighing half a tonne, it's also been attached to the anchor chain of the Chevron-operated drilling ship which was due to leave for the Lagavulin oil field - but now isn't going anywhere.

Chevron: another company that needs to go beyond oil

Posted by jamie — 22 September 2010 at 9:45am - Comments

As you probably know by now, the ship our climbers are currently sitting on is the Stena Carron, a 228m drill ship operated by US oil giant Chevron. Texaco, its petrol station subsidiary, is perhaps the name you may be more familiar with, but here are a few facts about the company that you might not know.

Chevron's boss, John S Watson, is a director and member of the executive committee of the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API is a major lobby group funding research which seeks to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change.

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