Marshall Islands defends its position registering Arctic oil rigs | Pacific Beat

Marshall Islands defends its position registering Arctic oil rigs

Marshall Islands defends its position registering Arctic oil rigs

Updated 1 April 2015, 10:15 AEDT

Environmental activists will be keeping a close eye on the Cabinet meeting in Marshall Islands tomorrow, watching for any sign that the government plans to act on calls to de-register two oil rigs operating under the Marshalls' flag in the Arctic.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific says that a country at the forefront of the campaign on climate change should not be supporting oil exploration in this way.

But Marshall Islands foreign minister Tony De Brum says the Greenpeace attack is unfair and de-registration won't help.

He says it's primarily the responsibility of the shipping industry to regulate itself, but Marshall Islands is pressing the IMO, the International Maritime Organisation to respond more effectively to climate change.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Tony De Brum, Marshall Islands foreign minister

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