Cairn freezes Greenpeace's polar bear show
Cairn Energy has placed an injunction on Greenpeace over a polar bear-inspired show at the UK independent's headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland. A statement from the company read: "Cairn respects the rights of individuals and organizations to express their views in a safe and peaceful manner but would be concerned with any action that represents a breach of security and that may pose a risk to the safety of people and/or equipment."
Greenpeace has claimed that the "interim interdict" was granted to the energy firm as it was concerned that protesters may have illegally obtained a copy of Cairn's oil spill response plan for operations in the Arctic. News sources have reported that two separate sources that the greens group did not obtain such a document.
Greenpeace has repeatedly requested that Cairn make public its oil spill response plan in the event that its drilling operations off Greenland go awry. Cairn has repeatedly defended its decision not to do so, claiming it is the sole responsibility of Greenlandic authorities to release this plan.
"Wherever it is active, Cairn operates in a safe and prudent manner," the oil company continued in today's statement. "The Greenland Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum has established some of the most stringent operating regulations anywhere globally, which mirror those applied in the Norwegian North Sea. It is in the interests of the Greenland Government to put in place the most stringent and robust measures."