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Climate group, Greenpeace has ended a 12-day standstill with oil supermajor BP. Greenpeace had forced BP-contracted Transocean drilling rig to cancel on its journey to Vorlich field several times over the past week. With the campaigners blocking the track with an icebreaker ship and two inflatable launches, BP suffered a loss of over £1.5 million.
Greenpeace activists boarded a rig, ‘West Hercules’, which was due to sail to the Arctic to drill prospects for the oil firm Statoil. The drilling unit is being prepared at the Skipavik yard on the west coast of Norway. Along with other environmental groups, Greenpeace has been challenging the verdict of the Norwegian government for continued drilling in the Arctic which violates the citizens’ right to a clean environment.