UPDATE 2-Oil firm files lawsuit against Arctic protesters
* Cairn seeks fines of 2 mln euros/day as deterrent
* Greenpeace involved in campaign to halt Arctic drilling
* Cairn hopes to open up multibillion barrel oil province (Updates with Cairn statement)
By Tom Bergin
LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) - UK-based Cairn Energy (CNE.L: Quote) has filed a legal action in the Netherlands, seeking fines of up to 2 million euros a day ($2.9 million) if Greenpeace protesters again disrupt the explorer's drilling plans offshore Greenland.
A Cairn spokesman said on Thursday the action was intended as a deterrent after Greenpeace ended a four-day protest which involved protesters hanging suspended from a drilling rig in a plastic pod.
It was also intended "to ensure the safety of those involved in its operations," Cairn said in a statement.
Last year, Greenpeace activists also launched similar action against a Cairn rig offshore Greenland.
Cairn is leading a charge into offshore Greenland, which explorers believe could hold billions of barrels of oil. Exxon Mobil (XOM.N: Quote), Husky Energy (HSE.TO: Quote) and others also plan to drill there. Continued...