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Norway authorities stop Greenpeace protests at Arctic well

Staff Writer | August 18, 2017
Norwegian coast guards stopped Greenpeace from protesting at a site of the country's northernmost exploration well drilled by Statoil, the environmentalist group said.
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Nature   A number of activists entered a 500-metre safety perimeter
A number of activists entered a 500-metre safety perimeter around Songa Enabler rig with rubber boats and kayaks on Thursday, seeking to stop the drilling of the Korpfjell well, situated more than 400 kilometres from the mainland.

Statoil said entering the safety zone was "illegal and irresponsible," and it called the police to intervene. The coast guards reacted to the call shortly.

"The Arctic Sunrise is currently being towed away from the drilling site, to the mainland in Tromsoe, Northern Norway," Greenpeace said in a statement late on Thursday. There were 35 activists and crew members on board, it added.

Norwegian police said Greenpeace activists were ordered to leave as they were disturbing the oil drilling, in violation of Norwegian interests according to the Petroleum Act.