Shell going Lawless

ROYAL Dutch Shell is believed to be seeking over $NZ700,000 ($A552,000) in reparation from New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless and seven other Greenpeace activists for illegally boarding the Noble Discoverer drillship in Port Taranaki last February in protest at Shell’s Arctic drilling.
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According to Taranaki Daily News, sentencing of the Greenpeace protestors was due to take place in the New Plymouth District Court on Friday.

However, a Greenpeace spokesperson told the paper sentencing had been adjourned until November 22 because police were seeking reparation exceeding $NZ700,000 on behalf of Shell.

Last June Lawless, Jan Raoni Hammer, Mike Buchanan, Shayne Comino, Vivienne Hadlow, Shai Naides, Zach Penman and Ilai Amir admitted breaking the law by occupying the drillship, scaling the 56m-high derrick, camping out for four days and unfurling banners reading "Stop Shell" and "Save the Arctic".

The drillship spudded Burger-A, the first of three exploratory wells off the coast of Alaska, last week.

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