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Greenpeace Calls for End to Arctic Oil Exploration After North Sea Gas Leak

HeadlinesApr 04, 2012

Greenpeace has repeated its call for an end to oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean after activists with the group found evidence of environmental pollution in the North Sea connected to a natural gas leak at a platform owned by the firm Total. Christian Bussau is leading the Greenpeace expedition in the Arctic.

Christian Bussau: "When Greenpeace arrived early this morning at the platform, we found oil on the water surface. We smell the gas, the chemicals in the air. And we take water and oil samples, and we take air samples. We use our gas detection camera to make the gas visible, which comes out from the platform. And what we can say is this accident is a serious accident. It will be not easy for Total to solve the problem, and therefore our demand is: no oil exploration in the Arctic. This is far too dangerous, this is far too risky, and therefore we do not want the oil industry to go into the Arctic."

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