Four activists from Greenpeace Nordic have taken peaceful action against a tanker carrying toxic waste from the Norwegian oil industry to be discharged in Denmark.
n particular, the activists have used divers and magnets underwater to attach a small sailboat to the hull of the tanker Bothnia transporting up to 9,000 tonnes of toxic wastewater from Norwegian oil giant Equinor’s refinery at Mongstad. Leading Norwegian legal experts state that the export is a violation of the Basel Convention, a treaty regulating the export of hazardous waste.
We demand that Equinor immediately halts its illegal export of toxic waste to Denmark. For too long, Equinor has avoided taking responsibility for its waste and instead passed the problem onto our neighbours in Denmark to deal with. This has to stop.
..said Tale Hammerø Ellingvåg, campaigner at Greenpeace Nordic.
As explained, the peaceful action is a protest against the Norwegian oil industry’s export of toxic wastewater to Denmark, a practice that has been going on for more than twenty-five years, polluting Danish waters. Norway’s state-owned oil company Equinor is one of the main companies involved in the export. As much as 150,000 tonnes of toxic water is believed to be exported to Denmark each year, where it is treated before being released into Danish waters.
The so-called “produced water” is a byproduct of oil production, which is brought to the surface when the oil is extracted. Even after being separated and treated, the water still contains low concentrations of oil and toxic chemicals that can be harmful to humans and nature.
The Greenpeace activists held up banners with the message “Equinor = toxic”, and painted “EQUITOX” on the side of the tanker.
Equinor’s illegal export of toxic water is yet another example of the fossil fuel industry’s countless historic and ongoing unlawful activities. The fossil fuel industry has to be held accountable for the harmful consequences its oil production is causing to people and the planet. Stopping Equinor’s illegal export of toxic water in Denmark is an important step in this direction.
…said Tale Hammerø Ellingvåg.
I’m taking action today to send a clear message to Equinor that its illegal transport of toxic oil water to our neighbouring country Denmark will no longer be accepted. Equinor is killing our oceans and it has to stop. Our demand is simple: Equinor must immediately stop the export and clean up its own mess.
..said Cinta Hondsmerk, activist from Norway.