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Friday, August 24, 2012

Greenpeace activists clinging to Russian oil rig

A Canadian is among the six Greenpeace activists who scaled a floating Russian oil rig early Friday to protest against drilling in the Arctic and were clinging to the structure's side as employees sprayed them with water.

The activists climbed the rig in the Pechora Sea, anchoring themselves with mooring lines, after arriving in three inflatable boats around 4 a.m. local time, the environmental organization said Friday.

Members of the group, led by Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidoo of South Africa, include two activists from Germany, and one each from Canada, the United States and Finland.

The Canadian is Terry Christenson from Parry Sound, Ont., who has been an activist with the group for four years.

Greenpeace said the activists did not face much resistance from oil workers and managed to put a banner on the rig, which says: "Don't kill the Arctic." more