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Planet Ark World Environment News Campaigners Board Shetlands Oil Drilling Vessel

Date: 22-Sep-10
Country: UK
Author: Tom Bergin

Environmental campaigners have boarded an oil drilling ship operating off the Shetland Islands under contract to U.S. oil giant Chevron, the second such boarding in European waters in recent weeks.

Greenpeace said in a statement that its activists had climbed up the anchor chains of the Stena Carron drill ship and were now hanging suspended from the chains in a tent.

The green group said the UK should follow the U.S. example and in the wake of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill impose a moratorium on deepwater drilling in European waters.

Norway has imposed some restrictions on deepwater drilling in the wake of the BP disaster and the UK oil and gas industry has been fighting hard to avoid similar measures in Britain.

Chevron was not immediately available for comment.

The Greenpeace activists behind the Shetlands incident were last month involved in the boarding of a drilling rig operating in Arctic waters offshore Greenland for UK explorer Cairn Energy

(Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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