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    Greenpeace UK Protest Helps Nobody: Upstream Lobby


The prolonged occupation of an oil rig endangered life but served no purpose, says OGUK.

by: William Powell

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Greenpeace UK Protest Helps Nobody: Upstream Lobby

Commenting on reports June 20 that Greenpeace has ended its ten-day-long protest, occupying a BP rig in the North Sea that was bound for a  new oil field, Oil & Gas UK communications director Gareth Wynn said:

“There are no winners as a result of this stunt, which both put safety at risk and failed to produce any solutions to how we can achieve the net zero future we all want to see. The arguments from Greenpeace are fundamentally flawed and sadly fail to recognise the reality that prematurely shutting down the North Sea will only increase the UK’s reliance on imports from across the world.

“We live in a world with ever-growing demand for energy which at the same time needs an ever-reducing carbon footprint. Our industry is committed to help find practical solutions to one of the biggest challenges we will face. It’s time for deeds not words and we’d encourage anyone with a serious interest to work with us.”

OGUK represents upstream producers and contractors. Greenpeace told NGW that the campaign had ended. It had occupied the rig in defiance of the law, it said. The occupation started on the evening of June 9 and three separate climbing teams worked in shifts to prevent the rig from reaching the Vorlich field, where BP plans to drill a well giving it access to 30mn barrels of oil.