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Greenpeace ‘polar bears’ protest Arctic drilling in Norway

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Two Greenpeace activists dressed as polar bears boarded an oil platform in Norway on Wednesday to protest against Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil’s planned drilling in the Arctic.

“No oil company in the world is prepared for Arctic conditions,” said the head of Greenpeace Norway, Truls Gulowsen, one of the two activists who boarded the West Hercules platform currently stationed in Oelen in southwestern Norway.

“It is unacceptable that Statoil wants to gamble with safety and the environment in the vulnerable Arctic regions,” he added in a statement.

Greenpeace sent two “polar bears” to “inspect” the platform and to raise public awareness about the dangers of oil activities in the Arctic, a region with extreme climate conditions and located far from mainland infrastructures.

The West Hercules is scheduled to be sent this month to the Norwegian waters of the Barents Sea, which is normally ice free, to conduct a prospecting campaign that is expected to last into 2014.

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