Lucy Lawless vs Shell – the final outcome
Yesterday, Lucy Lawless and seven others were finally convicted and sentenced for acting to stop Shell's arctic-bound drillship in Taranaki a year ago.
They were each sentenced to 120 hours community service - but Shell's claim for damages of about $650,000 was thrown out by the judge.
When they emerged from the courtroom the 'Taranaki Eight' stood by their actions, Lucy spoke for them all with this statement:
"We are proud of our attempt to stop Shell's reckless plans to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic.
Let's embrace clean energy; we're going to have to anyway, so why not do it before they cause a major oil spill in the Arctic, and consign our grandchildren to an uncertain and dangerous world?"
In the year since their brave action it has become evident to everyone watching, from the millions who have signed Greenpeace petitions, to the US Government now examining Shell's plans, that it can never be safe to drill in the Arctic.
Since their action in Taranaki, Shell has shown time after time how unsafe drilling is in extreme environments like the Arctic or New Zealand's deep ocean.
The Noble Discoverer slipped anchor and caught fire, it's spill containment capacity was shown to be faulty, another rig ran aground off the coast of Alaska and in January 2013 Shell were cited by the US Environmental Protection Agency for violating its air pollution permits for both drill vessels! All of which has prompted the US Government to launch a review of Shell's drilling plans in the Arctic.
Take Action: Add your voice to those calling on President Obama to take a hard line on Arctic drilling.
If we can stop frontier oil drilling in the fragile Arctic, it will create a precedent that will help stop the risky frontier deep sea oil drilling that Shell, Anadarko and others plan for New Zealand.
Thank you for your support,
Nick and the whole crew at Greenpeace
PS In Wellington we'll be holding open days on board the Rainbow Warrior Feb 11th, 12th & 16th - check the website for details if you're in the area - we'd love to see you on board!