Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... Greenpeace vs Cairn Energy

Protesters: Greenpeace
Target: Cairn Energy
Location: Cairn HQ, Edinburgh
Date: 18 July

The lowdown

About 60 people, some dressed as polar bears, staged a sit-in at Cairn's Edinburgh HQ, demanding a copy of the firm's oil spill response plan to drilling in the Arctic. The group handed out leaflets to employees encouraging them to become whistleblowers. Seventeen of the protesters were arrested. The occupation came after Cairn announced it had begun drilling off the coast of Greenland.

- Why the protest?

Cairn Energy is one of a number of oil firms drilling in the Arctic. Campaigners have staged a series of protests in recent months, claiming Cairn has failed to explain how it would deal with a deep-water drilling disaster similar to the one that hit BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

- How did Cairn respond?

Cairn won a court order preventing Greenpeace from publishing any material recorded by protesters who occupied its HQ. The interim interdict, granted by the Court of Session, prohibited any attempt to disrupt Cairn Energy's lawful business. In response, hundreds of people have begun posting pictures on their personal Facebook and Twitter accounts.

- How did the media cover it?

The protest was covered widely, but the interdict gained more coverage, with large pieces on the BBC's website and in The Guardian and The Independent.

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