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."
Can they cite a case where this has happened?
So you have to wait for something to happen before you realize it was a bad idea to begin with??
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.
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.
We have to change our underwear.
Well that's disappointing.
Ahh YEEE YEEE YEEE YEEE! (Zena's War Cry).
Wow, it isn't Zena! It is XENA it is spelled right there at the top! FAIL!
Maybe he meant someone else, who has a similar name (Zena) and that particular war cry.
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.
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.
Since when was Alaska south? Didnt know the magnetic poles had shifted that much? Research, then comment.
Wow. Did GoldFinger anticipate Geoff's comment? Or did this blog go through a time machine.
Awesome! Fighting evil on TV and in real life!!!
We have so much bigger things to worry about than some potential environmental problem.
like who will win this year's survivor
Good. They didn't belong there.
Man, she really let herself go.
Seriously, that was SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. She's 45 now. And was she supposed to glam up before the protest?
She still looks fantastic !
doesn't even look like the same person, that played "Xena"
Not even close. If they left her nameless I wouldn't even be commenting.
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.
Aww... I used to like her. Now she's a greenpeace idiot.
She ain't called Lawless for nothin'!!
Duh..... YES, to your question. If she Glamed up I may have printed out her pic for future use. Maybe later that night.
Hey she was on a "Drilling ship" Wish I was there doin some drilling ha.
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.
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