Greenpeace activists released with fines after oil protest 

Posted: August 24, 2017 by oldbrew in climate, ideology, Legal, News
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Russian response to the 2013 protest

They got off lightly compared to their Russian fiasco in 2013, as The Barents Observer points out. Probably cheap publicity given the level of fines.

Each of the six activists got from 25,000 to 30,000 Norwegian kroner (€2,700 to 3,200) in fine by the police in Tromsø.

It was last Thursday the activists protested the Norwegian oil company Statoil’s drilling in the Barents Sea. With kayaks, some of the protesters went inside the 500-metres safety zone around the rig «Songa Enabler» at the Korpfjell prospect.

Located 415 kilometres from mainland Norway, the drilling is the northernmost to be explored this season.

Truls Gulowsen, head of Greenpeace Norway, says the organization considers the arrest by Norwegian authorities to be unlawful as the protest was carried out in an area where the activists have a right to protest peacefully in accordance with the freedom of navigation act.

“The activists stand for what they did and are facing the consequences. They have acted peacefully and with the urgency necessary to protect the global climate that the Norwegian government is right now putting at risk with reckless oil drilling in the Arctic. This new aggressive search for oil is a violation of Norway’s Constitution and a completely backwards decision while the rest of the world is agreeing to phase out fossil to reduce global warming,” Gulowsen says to the Barents Observer after the activists and the vessel «Arctic Sunrise» were released on Monday evening.

«Arctic Sunrise» arrived in Tromsø on Saturday after the Norwegian Coast Guard, on request from the police, arrested the activists and towed the vessel to port.

Sharp contrast to 2013-arrest in Murmansk

Being released after a few days stands in sharp contrast to the treatment the crew and activists on board the very same Greenpeace vessel got after climbing on board and folding out banners at GazpromNeft’s drilling at the Prirazlomnaye field in the Russian sector of the Barents Sea in 2013.

Russian Coast Guard boarded and took over «Arctic Sunrise», towed the vessel to Murmansk where it was held in port for nine months. The 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists on board spent two months in prison, first in Murmansk and later in St. Petersburg before being released by amnesty.

Continued here.

  1. Joe Public says:

    They got off lightly compared to the action the French took against Rainbow Warrior:

    For once, the appellation ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’ could not be applied to France’s action.

    ” … activists protested the Norwegian oil company Statoil’s drilling in the Barents Sea. With kayaks, …”

    Plastic, oil-derived kayaks. YCMIU

  2. oldbrew says:

    But it’s still OK to plaster the countryside and offshore waters with massive concrete-based steel towers according to these folk.

  3. One of the unexplored facets of Greenpeace’s joust with the Russians was the subsequent departure the following spring of Greenpeace USA’s Executive Director Phil Radford. I don’t think it is implausible that there was unrest within Greenpeace over that disaster, where parents of the jailed snowflakes might have wanted to hold someone accountable for that, or perhaps even the snowflakes (and their requisite lawyers) themselves. After all, what was supposed to happen was that they would get shouted down or sprayed with firehoses or spit on, which they could use for future fundraising imagery.

    Radford, by the way, is part of what I term the “Greenpeace USA née Ozone Action” epicenter ( ) of the smear of skeptic climate scientists, but that’s a whole other story.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Wrestling with the Russian bear turns out to be risky – who knew? 😎

    Once was enough it seems.

  5. Brett Keane says:

    Greenpose’s communist NZ leader Russel Norman is in Court for similar kayaking/swimming antics down here. He having breached our 500m rule, the Judge does not appear very sympathetic. May he get the martyrdom he seeks…..