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Greenpeace raids Russian Arctic oil platform
France 24 ^ | 8/24/2012

Posted on 08/24/2012 4:15:38 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

Greenpeace activists on Friday scaled the sides of an Arctic oil platform owned by Russian group Gazprom to draw attention to the dangers of drilling in one of the world's last pristine reserves.

Two Gazprom helicopters hovered over the group and periodically sprayed them with pressurised streams of ice water as they hung down on ropes from the side of Gazprom's huge red Prirazlomnaya platform, due to start commercial operations next year.


Greenpeace activists board Gazprom's 'Prirazlomnaya' Arctic oil platform

"They're hosing us," Greenpeace International's Executive Director Kumi Naidoo tweeted, while the team held up bright yellow signs reading "Save the Arctic!" and "Stop Gazprom!"

Naidoo said he did not expect coast guards to reach the remote spot of the inhospitable sea until Saturday and posted pictures of the team setting up swinging tents in which they planned to spend the night and have dinner.

The daring raid comes as Russia takes the lead from other Arctic energy powers in exploiting previously untouched territory for what is believed to be one of the world's largest holdings of recoverable oil and natural gas.


Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo (bottom) gives a thumbs up

Gazprom's independent project is due to kick off next year just as fellow state oil firm Rosneft begins its own initial explorations with new partner ExxonMobil.

The area -- also the subject of territorial rows with resource rivals Canada and Norway -- is becoming especially attractive as the size of the ice shelf shrinks and conflicts continue to rattle energy producers in the Middle East.

Greenpeace said its team reached Gazprom's floating production base by launching a pre-dawn sneak attack by inflatable speedboats from its ship Arctic Sunrise and then climbing aboard using mooring lines.

Footage shot by one of the crew showed the sea calm but draped in metallic clouds as the tiny bright orange craft sped through unguarded waters toward the towering crane-mounted station.

"Six climbers have taken up positions on the structure and have interrupted the platform's operations," the group said in a statement.

The state-owned firm immediately denied any impact on the platform's operations and said the activists had turned down an offer to enter the base for talks.

"They were invited aboard the platform for a constructive dialogue," a Gazprom spokesman told Russian news agencies.

"But they refused and said they would prefer to hang off the platform instead."

Gazprom next year will become the first company to start commercial drilling in the Arctic when it launches offshore operations in the southeastern section of the Barents Sea.

The holding's base runs just west of the developments being pursued jointly by ExxonMobil and Rosneft in an area viewed by the Kremlin as the main source of Russia's oil and gas in the new century.

But critics warn that Gazprom's drilling is extremely risky because the platform is sealed in ice for most of the year and has to work smoothly in temperatures that often plunge to minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit).

The Gazprom unit plans to drill and process oil before injecting it into tankers -- operations that have never been performed in such an inhospitable climate before.

Critics say the risk of such work far outweighs the benefits it may offer either the Russian government or consumers through cheaper fuel.

"The Prirazlomnaya platform will produce no more than seven million tonnes of oil a year," Greenpeace Russia director Vladimir Chuprov told Moscow Echo radio.

"And the country needs to produce 500 million tonnes a year."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: anwr; canada; energy; exxonmobil; keystonexl; norway; opec; russia

1 posted on 08/24/2012 4:15:44 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

Mess with the Russians, and they’re asking for big trouble.


2 posted on 08/24/2012 4:16:56 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: bruinbirdman

greenpeace hasn’t saved the world yet. They have achieved absolutely nothing. But there’s some big bucks to take from “air heads”.


3 posted on 08/24/2012 4:19:29 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bruinbirdman

Greenpeace’s rubber speedboats used Russian oil to burn Russian gasoline to get to their Russian protest of Russian drilling.

F’em.


4 posted on 08/24/2012 4:22:54 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: bruinbirdman

Greenpeace’s rubber speedboats used Russian oil to burn Russian gasoline to get to their Russian protest of Russian drilling.

F’em.


5 posted on 08/24/2012 4:23:20 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Timber Rattler

My Russian is a bit rusty, but I think that sign says “Spetznaz Shoot Here.”


6 posted on 08/24/2012 4:23:28 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: bruinbirdman

Greenpeace’s rubber speedboats used Russian oil to burn Russian gasoline to get to their Russian protest of Russian drilling.

F’em.


7 posted on 08/24/2012 4:23:28 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: bruinbirdman

Greenpeace’s rubber speedboats used Russian oil to burn Russian gasoline to get to their Russian protest of Russian drilling.

F’em.


8 posted on 08/24/2012 4:23:32 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: bruinbirdman
Latest Russian Headlines:

Greenpeace Protesters Disappear

Siberian Salt Quota Increased

9 posted on 08/24/2012 4:24:52 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Cut their ropes, arrest ‘em if they survive and charge ‘em with piracy. They can share a prison with Pussy Riot.


10 posted on 08/24/2012 4:26:32 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Timber Rattler

The Russians might decide to go "French" on them.

11 posted on 08/24/2012 4:27:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bruinbirdman

I hope they carried freezer zip loc bags to put their balls in.


12 posted on 08/24/2012 4:29:11 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Much like the ACLU, Greenspeace was once an honorable organization to belong to. It is no more. Today, the people who boarded the rig should be arrested, charged with trespass and treated accordingly. They are not honorable. They are not even decent. They are thugs and should be treated as such.


13 posted on 08/24/2012 4:36:41 PM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: bruinbirdman

The greenpeace jerk said “they’re hosing us”.

I say good, keep it up Ruskies, the green movement has been hosing America via the EPA for years now.

It’s good to see someone stand up to the lefties, and sorry to say our weak kneed society cannot.


14 posted on 08/24/2012 4:39:23 PM PDT by redfreedom (Just a simpleton enjoying the freedoms a fly-over/red state has to offer.)
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To: redfreedom

I like the Russians more and more with each passing day.


15 posted on 08/24/2012 4:40:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bruinbirdman

“The Prirazlomnaya platform will produce no more than seven million tonnes of oil a year,” Greenpeace Russia director Vladimir Chuprov told Moscow Echo radio.

“And the country needs to produce 500 million tonnes a year.”

So they only need 71 more platforms...


16 posted on 08/24/2012 4:44:53 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: bruinbirdman
"They're hosing us,they're hosing us"

Well, they could hosed they clowns down with 762. Would that have made them happier?

17 posted on 08/24/2012 4:51:24 PM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: Southack
Greenpeace’s rubber speedboats used Russian oil to burn Russian gasoline to get to their Russian protest of Russian drilling.

Ain't it amazin' what a 25 mm chain gun can do to an inflatable...???

18 posted on 08/24/2012 5:04:27 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: bruinbirdman

Looks like some Liberals are gonna get shot by some Russians...

Now....I never thought there would be a day I would say that! The former Reds shooting at Liberals...


19 posted on 08/24/2012 5:14:31 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Just because someone has an "R" next to their name, does not make them a Conservative)
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To: bruinbirdman

“They’re hosing us”

I would have been ‘hosing them with a shotgun’ & reloading as fast as I could.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 5:22:42 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: bruinbirdman

Technically, that is piracy. I would think it utterly hilarious if they were rounded up and got to experience the awe and mystery of the Russian criminal justice system.


21 posted on 08/24/2012 5:39:06 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: bruinbirdman
" Greenpeace International's Executive Director Kumi Naidoo tweeted"

Further ceing my conviction that the whole "social media" thing and smartphone crap is the realm of liberal airheads.......

22 posted on 08/24/2012 6:52:38 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: bruinbirdman

Choot ‘em!


23 posted on 08/24/2012 7:47:30 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: bruinbirdman
Wait until a Russian Spetnaz team hunts these fools down and exterminates them with extreme prejudice. Mess with the bull and you get the horns.
24 posted on 08/24/2012 8:30:43 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: bruinbirdman

Ice water hoses? You’re RUSSIANS! Break out the AK-47s and end this idiocy.


25 posted on 08/24/2012 9:08:35 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (With (R)epublicans like these, who needs (D)emocrats?)
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To: maxwellsmart_agent
Greenspeace was once an honorable organization to belong to.

I've been around awhile. I don't remember it being anything other than a nut collection.

When was it founded?

26 posted on 08/25/2012 6:25:52 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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