Shell Gets Order To Keep Protesters Off Ships


Salon Staff
March 2, 2012 8:09AM (UTC)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order aimed at keeping Greenpeace activists off Shell Oil Co. drilling ships destined for Arctic waters this summer.

Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage signed the 14-day order but declined to expand it to other Shell facilities as requested by the company.

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Actress Lucy Lawless and other Greenpeace activists last week boarded the drill ship Noble Discoverer in New Zealand before it left for the West Coast, where it will undergo cold-weather modifications. The activists were charged with burglary.

Shell plans to use the Noble Discoverer this summer for drilling in the Chukchi (CHUCK'-chee) Sea off Alaska's northwest coast.

Gleason's order bars activists from interfering with the operation or movement of the Noble Discoverer or a second Shell drilling ship, the Kulluk.


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