Greenland has given permission to a Scottish oil and gas company to drill two exploration wells off the ice-capped island’s west coast.
Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy PLC started two other drillings in the same area on 1 July.
The Greenland government said today the drillings must cease before drift ice appears in the area.
Greenpeace criticised the decision, and said Cairn should follow the example of oil companies that have suspended deepwater drilling in the wake of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Drilling for oil and gas in the deep ocean off Greenland’s west coast resumed in 2001, three decades after a previous effort failed to find oil.
Exploration so far has been unsuccessful.