Lucy Lawless was arrested in New Zealand when she and six other Greenpeace activists climbed a tower on an oil rig and occupied it for three days, effectively delaying it's voyage to begin drilling of the Arctic wilderness for oil, a risky and poorly conceived notion that Shell has insisted can be done safely. The group were arrested after they were removed from the tower by police and charged with burglary.
"Lawless and a group of Greenpeace activists scaled the ship's 53-metre drilling derrick and unfurled banners in Port Taranaki at 7am on Friday.
The ship was scheduled to leave the port yesterday to drill three exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska, but the journey was delayed due to the protesters' actions.
Lawless' involvement drew international attention to their cause.
The police climbed the tower this morning to speak with the protesters, and subsequently arrest them. They did not resist.
Lawless, before being arrested, said the battle to save the Arctic had just begun." Sunday Star Times
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Dear Mr. Voser,
Today, a drill ship is attempting to set off from New Zealand and sail to Alaska to start oil exploration for your company this summer.
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