Greenpeace activists set up protest camp

Posted: Tuesday, February 29, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Eight Greenpeace activists are camping out in heated huts on the frozen Arctic Ocean to protest BP Amoco's Northstar development.

Melanie Duchin, a Greenpeace spokesman in Anchorage, said the environmentalists arrived by snowmachine Feb. 12 and set up tents about 1 1/2 miles east of the Northstar oil field, which lies primarily beneath the Beaufort Sea. A DC-3 cargo plane delivered the metal huts, food and equipment on Saturday.

Duchin said the group hopes to call attention to the project, which Greenpeace says would hurt the environment and threaten wildlife.

The campaign comes a month after 100 BP Amoco shareholders in London forced the company's Arctic Ocean exploration plans on to the annual general meeting agenda by submitting a formal resolution opposing the Northstar oil pipeline project. The meeting is scheduled to take place in London April 13.

The Jan. 26 move by the shareholders came as Greenpeace staged a demonstration outside BP Amoco headquarters in London with 10 members wearing polar bear costumes.

BP spokesman Ronnie Chappell said company officials met with Greenpeace last week and told the activists they needed clearance before they could enter the project area. Otherwise, they would be considered as tresspassers, and reported to authorities.

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