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Turkey: Greenpeace Activists Climb Aboard Leiv Eiriksson Rig

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(AP) –  Greenpeace says its activists have climbed aboard an oil rig to prevent its departure for Greenland to begin drilling in the Arctic.

The environmental group said Friday activists used speedboats to intercept and climb aboard the Leiv Eiriksson as it left Istanbul. The group said activists had unfurled a banner reading: “Stop Arctic destruction.”

Greenpeace said activists were prepared to occupy the rig for days. It said the oil rig, operated by Cairn Energy, has “a very short window in which to drill their four new exploratory wells” due to extreme weather conditions in the Arctic.

Leiv Eiriksson, one of the world’s largest rigs, had been exploring possible oil and gas in the Black Sea under a joint venture between Turkey and Brazil’s Petrobras.

The Associated Press

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