Greenpeace activists have interrupted drilling operations on Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya Arctic oil platfform.
Located in the Pechora Sea, off the North-eastern coast of Russia, Prirazlomnaya represents the first offshore drilling rig to begin drilling in the previously untouched of the Arctic. As the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico proved, deepwater offshore oil drilling is risky business, especially for the environment. Experts warn the level of risk is even greater in the Arctic.
Gazprom is not the only oil and gas company aiming to tap the Arctic Ocean's oil reserves. Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and ExxonMobil all have plans to begin drilling in the near future.
Greenpeace is using this peaceful action to highlight the dangers of drilling in the Arctic, especially by the Russian oil industry which spills more than 30 million barrels of oil every year. Greenpeace says the activists aboard Prirazlomanaya have enough food to last days.
Keep track of all the action at Greenpeace's live blog: Arctic Action LIVE!.
Image credit: Greenpeace
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