Greenpeace activists are certainly adamant to prevent BP drilling in the British North Sea, after activists climbed back onto a drilling rig on Friday, merely days after Scottish Police removed protestors from the rig. BP’s rig is located in the Vorlich Field, a recently discovered oil field located off Cromarty Firth, north of Inverness in Scotland. At approximately 30m barrels, the field is considered relatively small; it is due to come on-stream in 2020 in BP’s partnership with Israeli based Ithaca Energy.
Greenpeace’s U.K. Executive Director John Sauven highlighted the larger plight Greenpeace activists are fighting for, as a smaller step in salvaging the bleak trajectory of the planet’s climate: “We can’t give up and let oil giants carry on with business as usual because that means giving up on a habitable planet and our kids’ future,” further highlighting the estimated extraction of 30m barrels during a climate emergency as “unaffordable.”
Contrastingly, BP has decided to engage in legality and controversial ‘light action’ towards climate issues, including the Paris Climate Agreement and the Scottish Climate Change Act of 2009. “BP supports debate, discussion and peaceful demonstration, and also shares Greenpeace’s climate concerns, but the irresponsible actions of this group are putting themselves and others unnecessarily at risk, while ignoring court orders and police action.”