Greenpeace: "Xena" actress arrested after protest on drilling ship
Lucy Lawless aboard the Noble Discoverer last week.
February 27th, 2012
10:22 AM ET

Greenpeace: "Xena" actress arrested after protest on drilling ship

Actress Lucy Lawless, famous for starring in the television show "Xena: Warrior Princess," was arrested along with six other Greenpeace activists early Monday for boarding a drilling ship last week in New Zealand, according to Greenpeace. She and the others who were aboard the ship without permission were released shortly after their arrest, the activist organization said.

CNN.com spoke with Lawless on Friday while she was having a restless night on the Noble Discoverer, a ship leased to Shell Oil. The ship was docked in the Port of Taranaki when the actress and other activists, on behalf of Greenpeace, made it on board to protest drilling in the Arctic.

The group was able to display signs on the Discoverer's 174-foot drilling tower. One sign said "Stop Shell #SaveTheArctic."

Lawless told CNN on Friday that she expected to be arrested for the stunt but that she and the others intended to remain on the ship for as long as possible. She stressed that exchanges between them and authorities had been peaceful.

"We feel very much that what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic anymore," Lawless said. "An oil spill can never be cleaned up because of the remoteness and the freezing temperatures. We risk trashing whole ecosystems and poisoning them from plankton on up. It's absolutely unthinkable."

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  1. nik

    Can they cite a case where this has happened?

    February 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bosmonkey

      So you have to wait for something to happen before you realize it was a bad idea to begin with??

      February 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMM

      so let's drill until it does happen? Look around the globe – everywhere there has been drilling, eventually there is a large spill. Accidents happen.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      How about Prince William Sound, 1989? Little pleasure cruise on the ol' Exxon Valdez? The remoteness of the location and the low temperature made cleanup extremely difficult and time consuming, and the local environment has not recovered to this day.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    We have to change our underwear.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • New guy

      Well that's disappointing.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wjeri

    Ahh YEEE YEEE YEEE YEEE! (Zena's War Cry).

    February 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • billybob

      Wow, it isn't Zena! It is XENA it is spelled right there at the top! FAIL!

      February 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • New guy

      Maybe he meant someone else, who has a similar name (Zena) and that particular war cry.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gold Finger

    I don't think it is a good idea to drill in the southern oceans. The weather there is way to bad. Lucy has a good point. Any spill would be extremely costly to clean as well as difficult. I'm sure oil companies are not looking at that as part of their bottom line. They will sell what they can then declare bankruptcy when they have to pay out.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gold Finger

      I am a little confused obviously. But why would New Zealand send a ship to the Artic to drill? Sounds a little far out of their way.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoff

      Since when was Alaska south? Didnt know the magnetic poles had shifted that much? Research, then comment.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • New guy

      Wow. Did GoldFinger anticipate Geoff's comment? Or did this blog go through a time machine.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    Awesome! Fighting evil on TV and in real life!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. csm-101

    We have so much bigger things to worry about than some potential environmental problem.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tinydancer

      like who will win this year's survivor

      February 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    Good. They didn't belong there.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Dana

    Man, she really let herself go.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Duh

      Seriously, that was SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. She's 45 now. And was she supposed to glam up before the protest?

      February 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      She still looks fantastic !

      Period.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. gingerpeach

    doesn't even look like the same person, that played "Xena"

    February 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dana

      Not even close. If they left her nameless I wouldn't even be commenting.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dana

    Lucy would you climb up an oil derrick if they opened A.N.W.R here in Alaska for oil production? The millions of Caribou would be inconvenienced.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. edge

    Aww... I used to like her. Now she's a greenpeace idiot.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Duh

    She ain't called Lawless for nothin'!!

    February 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Dana

    Duh..... YES, to your question. If she Glamed up I may have printed out her pic for future use. Maybe later that night.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Franko

    Hey she was on a "Drilling ship" Wish I was there doin some drilling ha.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. joon

    To hear that some would rather suck the Earth dry of it's natural resources then to cut down, makes me sad. And yes the possiblity of oil spills in any drilling or shipping is possible. When your children's children have seen the greed and indecentcy of this genteration, they won't want to take care of you in your old age.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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