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Greenpeace Says Activists Board Shell Oil Rig in Pacific

LOS ANGELES - Greenpeace activists have boarded an Arctic-bound Shell oil rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the environmental group said Monday.

The six activists planned to camp on the 38,000-tonne Polar Pioneer platform, which they boarded 750 miles northwest of Hawaii using inflatable boats from the Greenpeace vessel "Esperanza."

The six -- from the United States, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and Austria -- have supplies for several days and can communicate with the outside world, it said.

"We made it! We're on Shell's platform. And we're not alone. Everyone can help turn this into a platform for people power!" tweeted one of the six, Aliyah Field.

Johno Smith from New Zealand added: "We're here to highlight that in less than 100 days Shell (IW 1000/2) is going to the Arctic to drill for oil.

"This pristine environment needs protecting for future generations and all life that will call it home. But instead Shell's actions are exploiting the melting ice to increase a man-made disaster."

Representatives for Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell did not immediately respond to a request for reaction to the Greenpeace announcement.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2015

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