Over the weekend, six Greenpeace activists, plus Lucy Lawless of Xena and Spartacus fame, boarded a Shell drill-ship bound for the Arctic. The Noble Discover was docked in Port Taranaki, New Zealand, when the group scaled the 175-foot drilling tower and camped out with banners that read "Stop Shell" and "#SaveTheArctic." According to Lawless, they had enough food and supplies to last them a few days, even though conditions on the ship got decidedly rough. Despite this, the actress managed to live-tweet the entire thing:
And Lawless was right with that last tweet — police scaled the tower early this morning and arrested the seven protestors, all of whom peacefully descended the structure. Authorities charged the group with burglary and said they will appear in court on Thursday. Lawless remained resolute even as the operation was was about to be shut down:
This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun. Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down.
That number apparently refers to the amount of emails Shell received thanks to the occupation of the rig and aided, I'm sure, by the added star power. Chairman of Shell New Zealand Rob Jager said that the actions of Greenpeace had jeopardized the safety of those on the ship, but that the company would be open to talks with the environmental group. He also maintained that drilling in the Arctic would be safe, but as Lawless pointed out, if you can't easily clean up a spill in the Gulf of Mexico, how would you do it in the notoriously rough waters of the Arctic?
You may not agree with the actions or motivations of the actress, but I think we can all agree that this is a much better reason for getting arrested than the usual DUI.