Today, actress and Greenpeace volunteer Lucy Lawless was sentenced along with six of her fellow protesters for trespassing on Noble Discovery, a Shell-contracted oil tanker, to prevent the ship from heading to the Arctic.
Lawless, who had pled guilty to trespassing last June, could have faced up to three years in prison. Thankfully, the protesters were only sentenced to 120 hours of community service each, as well as ordered to pay a fine of $651.44 for repairs to the Port of Taranaki.
In a statement made outside of the Taranaki District Court, Lawless said, “We are proud to have taken part in our attempt to stop Shell’s reckless plans to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic.
“Since we occupied the Noble Discoverer, 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.
“Shell’s Arctic programme has cost them billions and it’s now regarded as an eye-wateringly expensive failure.
“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?”
The former Xena actress has certainly brought worldwide attention to the issue. Hopefully her community service involves picking up trash or some other eco-friendly activity. We have a feeling she won’t mind.