UPDATE 1-Greenpeace ups ante in Greenland battle with Cairn

Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:55pm GMT

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* Cairn says no delays to drilling

* Most recent in string of protests

* Campaigners fight opening of new oil province

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By Tom Bergin

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Greenpeace ignored a court injunction on Friday and boarded a Cairn Energy drilling rig offshore Greenland, raising the stakes in a battle over the development of the area as a major new oil-producing province.

Greenpeace said campaigners including the global head of the environmental group, Kumi Naidoo, boarded the rig, which is drilling just outside the Arctic circule, following similar occupations in recent weeks and last year.

Morten Nielsen, Greenland deputy police chief, said two activists were arrested and may now be expelled from the country.   Continued...

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