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Lucy Lawless (Xena) Climbs Shell Arctic Oil-Drilling Ship To Protest

Lucy Lawless

Actor, eco-warrior, and mother (as stated on her Twitter bio) Lucy Lawless, aka Xena Warrior Princess, has climbed aboard a Shell oil-drilling ship in protest of upcoming Arctic oil drilling. Lawless joined other Greenpeace activists in New Zealand to scale the ship’s drilling tower.

According to Greenpeace, the group of activists is trying to stop the ship from leaving New Zealand for the Arctic. They are equipped with enough gear to stay on the top of the drilling tower for days.

According to an earlier phone interview Lucy gave to TMZ, they know they are going to be arrested, and have no quarrel with the New Zealand police. They have already been informed they will be under arrest and that they should come down from the tower. A police inspector has said the protesters are “clearly breaking the law by trespassing on the ship”, but safety is their primary concern. It’s a 50 metre (164 foot) tower

Lawless also stated, “I don’t do this stuff. I’m just a mother, you know, but I feel like I don’t have a choice in the matter, that time is running out, and we have to stop the most dire effects of climate change…. When the banner was down, when the helicopter was overhead, I gave more than one Xena war cry”, which she then proceeded to do again during the interview.

A Shell spokesperson has been reported as saying that the company is disappointed Greenpeace has chosen this method to protest. Greenpeace says the protestors plan to stay until Shell agrees to stay out of the Arctic.

Greenpeace is asking supporters to take action by using this form to send an email to demand that Shell calls a halt to its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. Over 30 thousand emails have been sent already. As you can see from the image above, the campaign is also using the Twitter hashtag #SaveTheArctic.

Do you think this is a good form of protest, and do you support a ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic?

Did you know drilling for oil in the previously unexploited Arctic was now on oil companies’ agendas? For more on the subject, see our recent post: The Great Arctic Oil Race: Northern Countries Exploit Ice-Free Arctic.


Image credit: Greenpeace

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  • Anonymous

    I’m hardly the biggest fan of Greenpeace, so I’m trying to be fair about things, but I think that this is more than a little bit like the ever present ‘War on Drugs’, in that it is trying to attack the ‘supply side’ of the problem rather than addressing the ‘demand side’.

    Sure, Shell’s an easy, publicity-vulnerable target.  It’s easy to get Jo Q Public riled up about faceless, evil, corporations harming the delicate, fluffy, and not-at-all-out-to-kill-you environment.  It also inconveniences Jo Q a lot less than telling her that _she’s_ personally responsible, that it’s her demand that is causing these fields to be tapped.

    Sure, Greenpeace and its flunkies may make Shell back down from drilling in the Arctic, but do they realistically believe they will have the same impact on the likes of Gazprom Neft?

  • Anonymous

    As something of an aside, as a New Zealander, I’m mildly amused at the focus on Lawless’s role as Xena, Warrior princess, rather than the hedonistic and consumerist Lucretia, or the genocidal cylon D’Anna Biers.

  • Anonymous

    This kind of action will always have it’s critics, but it has us talking about the issue, and places it in the media … and it’s entertaining too, watch Lucy in this short clips from the top of the rig: http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/24/lucy-lawless-protest-pee-bottles-video/#.T0lmV5ghSpE

  • http://www.the9billion.com/ John Johnston

    I agree with both points of view to a certain extent. I’m not sure many people outside the environmental movement, and the resources industry, yet know that there is a resources industry race starting in the Arctic. It’s useful for awareness and public debate from that point of view. 

    It’s also true that we all use a lot of oil in our daily lives, not that there is much of an alternative in most cases yet, aside from reducing consumption, and trying to buy products made from cleaner alternatives. I’m sure a lot of oil went into the production of the very computer I’m using to write this. 

    That said, the decisions to mine for the “hard to get” oil in the world are made by companies and governments, and pressure needs to be applied to them if it’s going to be stopped.