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News Summary: Greenpeace storms Russian oil rig


ARCTIC ACTION: six Greenpeace activists, including Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, spent several hours hanging off the side of a floating Russia oil platform in the Pechora Sea attached to the rig's mooring lines. They prepared for a long occupation by bringing up supplies, including the tents.

OVERSTAYED WELCOME: Activists were first offered hot soup, then showered with blasts of cold water and pieces of metal after they stormed the Prirazlomnaya platform and erected climbing tents to protest drilling in the Arctic. When the metal began flying the group planned to evacuate.

GAZPROM: The rig is owned by Gazprom, which is pioneering Russia's oil drilling in the Arctic. The state-owned company installed the platform there last year and is preparing to drill the first well. Russian and international environmentalists have warned that drilling in the Russian Arctic could have disastrous consequences because of a lack of technology and infrastructure to deal with a possible spill in a remote region known for huge icebergs and severe storms. An AP investigation last year found that at least 1 percent of Russia's annual oil production, or 5 million tons, is spilled every year.


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