Xena Star Occupies Oil Ship

Greenpeace seeks to halt Arctic drilling
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2012 3:24 AM CST
Updated Feb 24, 2012 3:53 AM CST
Xena Star Occupies Oil Ship
Lucy Lawless, left, joins activists on the drilling vessel.   (AP Photo/Greenpeace, Nigel Marple)

Xena Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless is back in battle, this time against oil drilling in the Arctic. Lawless and six other Greenpeace activists slipped past port security in New Zealand and boarded an Arctic-bound Shell drilling vessel. The activists, who have scaled a derrick on the ship, say they have brought food and plan to stay as long as they can.

The ship is on the way to drill three exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. Greenpeace fears a successful strike will cause an Arctic oil rush, the Alaska Dispatch reports. "I'm here today acting on behalf of the planet and my children,'' Lawless said. "Deep sea oil drilling is bad enough, but venturing into the Arctic, one of the most magical places on the planet, is going too far.'' (More Greenpeace stories.)

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