Cairn Energy has secured an injunction which will make it illegal for environmental protesters to disrupt their oil and gas drilling operations off the coast of Greenland.
A court in Denmark has declared that demonstrators will face fines of EUR 50,000 a day, up to a maximum of EUR 1 million, if they fail to comply with the controversial rules.
The Edinburgh-based drilling company claims to have brought the case for safety reasons, after Greenpeace halted operations for several days by climbing aboard rigs on two separate occasions in recent weeks.
In a statement, Cairn Energy said, “Cairn respects the rights of individuals and organisations to express their views in a safe and peaceful manner but cannot allow any action that poses a potential threat to the safety of our employees or the protesters involved.”
Greenpeace has, however, vowed to continue its drive, “to kick the oil companies out of the Arctic”. Capricorn, Cairn’s subsidiary, already operates 11 drilling stations off the coast of Greenland, with four more planned for this summer. Protesters have been attempting to cause as much disruption as possible during the short period in which the Arctic weather is warm enough for drilling.