THE NETHERLANDS - Today an Amsterdam court judge turned the tables on Cairn Energy. Rather than granting an injunction against Greenpeace, he instead suggested that the oil company might actually like to consider releasing its secret Arctic Oil Spill Response Plan!
Greenpeace protesters spent four days in a survival pod attached to the the Leiv Eiriksson rig. Cairn energy subsequently sued Greenpeace for lost revenue, but today a judge turned the tables by questioning why the oil giant would not simply release their "secret" oil cleanup plan. (Photograph: Steve Morgan/Greenpeace/HANDOUT) Cairn’s lawyers looked dumbfounded and stuttered about not knowing why their client won't release it.
The judge went on to say that BP's skimping on a second valve cost the world billions as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He said BP must regret that they didn't have their plans scrutinized in the first place because someone would have noticed the lack of a second valve. Safety is in everyone’s interest - by being transparent perhaps there is an opportunity to make the spill plan stronger. In fact, he asked Cairn, why won't you release your plan? Right now? Why don't you release it now?
We couldn’t have said it better.
We'll try and get this news through to the eighteen activists currently in jail in Greenland. They were arrested after scaling Cairn's rig in the Arctic on Saturday to demand the plan be made public. For them this will be happy vindication of their action.