Greenpeace said in a statement Friday that six activists boarded the Prirazlomnaya platform early Friday morning and remain on the rig. They set off in inflatable speedboats from their ship and scaled the platform with mooring lines.
The platform is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Russian energy giant Gazprom, which is pioneering Russia’s oil drilling in the Arctic. Gazprom was not immediately available for comment.
Russian and international environmentalists have warned that drilling in the Russian Arctic could have disastrous consequences because of a lack of technology and infrastructure to deal with a possible spill in a remote region with massive icebergs and heavy storms.