Cairn Energy Files Injunction to Stop Greenpeace Rig Protests

LONDON(Dow Jones Newswires), June 2, 2011

Cairn has filed for an injunction against environmental group Greenpeace and two Dutch-registered vessel owners in an attempt to prevent activists from further disrupting its drilling activities offshore Greenland, the Edinburgh-based oil and gas explorer said Thursday.

Cairn "cannot allow any action that poses a potential threat to the safety of our employees or the protesters involved," the company said.

Greenpeace confirmed legal proceedings against the group had begun. It said Cairn is seeking fines of EUR2 million a day for every day its operations are affected after Monday if the injunction is granted.

"Cairn is trying to use a legal hammer to shut down our campaign to kick the oil companies out of the Arctic, but we'll challenge Cairn and its lawyers every step of way," said Greenpeace campaigner Ben Ayliffe.

Cairn said it was requesting the order from an Amsterdam court to stop the future disruption of its "lawful operations offshore Greenland."

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