Lucy Lawless Arrested for Oil Drilling Protest


Police arrested actress Lucy Lawless the former “Xena Warrior Princess” and 5 environmental activists after the group spent four days protesting aboard an oil-drilling ship docked in New Zealand in an attempt to raise awareness about oil drilling in the Arctic and prevent the ship from leaving.. Police removed the group from their perch atop a 174-foot (53-meter) drilling tower on the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki.

“I’ve got three kids. My sole biological reason for being on this planet is to ensure that they can flourish, and they can’t do that in a filthy, degraded environment,” said Lucy Lawless. “We need to stand up while we still can.”One of the activists left the tower Saturday and was initially charged with unlawfully boarding a ship. All seven activists, including Lawless, have now been charged with burglary, a more serious charge. All have been released and are due to appear in a New Zealand court Thursday. Chartered by oil company Shell, the ship had been due to leave over the weekend for the Arctic to drill five exploratory wells. Bunny McDiarmid, the chief executive of Greenpeace New Zealand, said she thought the protest had gone “brilliantly” and that more than 100,000 people had sent messages to Shell to oppose the company’s Arctic plans.

via TreeHugger