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. 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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    i'd like he to get onboard my ship...

    February 27, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Terri

    I wonder what she uses to warm her house(s), and travel (car, bus, airplane, train..) – and while we are at it, what fuels the factories that made the t-shirts, the fabrics, the thread. Along with that helmet, gloves and shoes. You can't say "stop this NOW" when it's an essential part of the life we live.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Cc

      Very good point

      February 27, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris S.

      I think you are missing the point here. She isn't protesting ALL oil drilling, first off. She is protesting drilling in the Arctic, which could end in disaster if something similar to the Deep Water Horizon were to happen. Also, because WE don't agree with drilling and ridiculous oil consumption, doesn't mean WE don't use ANY oil. WE do what we can to limit OUR consumption (i.e. drive more efficient cars, commute on public transportation, etc.) WE can't stop oil consumption, nor do WE expect anyone else to. The point is oil is being considered our PRIMARY source of energy, and WE would like to see some progressive ideas be put into action. Wind, Solar, Hydroelectricity, Natural Gas, etc. Typical right wing environment hating comments. Don't make an A$$ out of yourself, your politicians are doing that for you.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • muhrvis

      Missing the point...

      February 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • UHhello

      Why can't you drill baby drill idiots get a clue. It is not about stopping ALL oil drilling. It is about where to drill when to drill and when are we going to ween ourselves off Oil. Even GWB said America is addicted to oil. Let's get cleaned up and get off our addiction which does not mean stop making all oil based products or gasoline or lubrication for automated machines. It means let's set a course forward to reduce and plan future usage in a sensible manner.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Martoon

    Without that energy, Ms. Lawless would not have had an acting career and no money.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. blagett

    These will be the first people eating each other when there is no oil from the burning Middle East to deliver food. Clowns without makeup at best.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. karbvi

    all the negative people here are stuck in past and I bet they all voted for that born again alcoholic moron Bushie boy.Get with the programme and support clean alternate energy, you will still be able to eat your Mccdonalds and burger king.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Karbvi – there is no one source of energy that the world can turn to. Fossell fules are here and definately needed. What we need to do is increase production of those fuels, while at the same time, and with the same level of effort, develope the alternative fuels. That development will take years, and we need to embrace the development without breaking the finances of the middle class – or even the lower and upper class. You want things to be equal, then shut up and get to work – make yourself equal other than a whinner.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris S.

      Steve, I was going to offer a response to your comment. Then, I realized you can't even take the time to proofread your own comment, to limit the IGNORANCE displayed. Oil is not the ONLY source of energy, and reducing oil consumption will actually lower the cost of gas, but decreasing demand. Anyone who says we should keep drilling, keep supplying more oil, and leave clean energy on the back burner (no pun intended) until all the oil dries up or we are in over our heads with the environmental impact really needs to pick up a science book. Oh, and you'll need to open it.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Duke5343

      GROW UP, your butt is safe in mommy's basement hammering on Plastic keyboard warmed by fuel- EVERYTHING in your life is due to OIL & Bush kept you safe from Terror or did you sleep thru that

      February 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Duke5343, that's the point. EVERYTHING is made with oil, and there are serious environmental, geo-political and economic concerns with that. The argument that we should not seek good alternatives because we don't have good alternatives is like saying you shouldn't stop punching yourself in the face because you're too busy punching yourself in the face.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    No surprise that she was arrested. Her name is Lawless.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Deborah Evans

    I soppose if people aren't listening to ex. Vice President Gore, scientist's, maybe media attention will bring some results into play.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • SPA Knight

      Al Gore is a moron.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dtay2011

    Interesting. With all these questions regarding Lucy Lawless' oil consumption it really makes me wonder how we survived thousands of years without it. According to comments here, it's simply impossible to live without oil but somehow we're here after our ancestors lived without it for generations (surprise! Oil use is actually new compared to the thousands of years and generations before us who didn't even know it existed). Oh and if she is like a lot of wealthy people, she has the means to live off the grid if she really wanted to. It's expensive to do so now, but just think, a few hundred years ago, living off the land was the only option we had. I feel like some of you wouldn't have made it...

    February 27, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      There weren't 7 billion of us back then. To support the current population, we do need to live pretty much the way we do now, consuming petroleum. Until we can change the system, which will take time.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JW907

    As a resident of Alaska, I can tell you that we're all for protecting our diverse and abundant ecosystem up here, but we also want to develop our natural resources in a responsible manner. Shell has put forth plans that work, and Alaskan's want to see them drill. We also support opening ANWR to responsible drilling under the over-view of appropriate government environmental oversight.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Whenever someone mentions Alaska, I think of Sarah Palin. Whenever I think of Sarah Palin, I think of teabaggers. Whenever I think of teabaggers, I think of nascar. Whenever I think of nascar, I think of trailer trash. Whenever I think of trailer trash, I think of Sarah Palin. Whenever I think of Sarah Palin, I think of .....

      February 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Oh'really

    Can someone tell me how this so-called actress got to the ship? I didn't see it reported and I think it could be important. I think I might could support her cause if she walked from her home, got on a row/sail boat and will return the same way......and not use any fossil fuel for the rest of her life. Amazing clowns.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. karbvi


    I assume English is your first language, no whinning here, the best thing you can do to help the planet energy wise is to stop eating meat, go veggie, I have, I drive a hybrid car and do the usual energy conserving stuff.Most americans who are the most OBESE nation in the world can not an will not do that, thus their general health is abysmal.We here in the UK find the US to be lazy and do very little to help the environment which is madness seeing they are still the worlds BIGGEST POLLUTERS.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused by the venom

      Karbvi, the obesity rate in the UK is not much lower than that of the US, you have had rioting in your streets, your economy is struggling, and your infrastructure is nothing to brag about. I think your primary source of aggravation is the fact the UK and US are quite similar. True, the US is not where it should be in many ways and I would never claim otherwise, but the UK is no bastion of civility, or anything else for that matter. Try to be a bit more objective. You come off like an obnoxious university student.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ssmon

    Why is she worrying about this? Shouldn't she be much more concerned that Crixus is alive and still wants her dead?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lenard Lawless

    First off, she's not a Lawless. She married Garth Lawless and kept our cool name after she divorced him.

    Dtay2011 makes an interesting point – it can be very expensive to live 'off the grid' in today's world. Oddly, the wealthy don't. The idea that humans lived without oil for thousands of years is true, but we also lived without modern technology and transportation. At this point it time, it is difficult to have modernity without oil.

    Steve's comment that, in the here and now, we should continue using oil based products while we advance the research on alternative fuels seems to be the most logical, though he was attacked as ignorant for saying so. I would love to see a reduction in the world's dependence on oil, but I think people need to stop making attacks on either side of the topic. Being violently anti-oil ignores the current need. Being violently pro-oil ignores the environment and the growing industry of alternative fuels.

    We need to calmly research new ways of doing things. We don't need fear mongering. Scientists need to be able to freely express opinions, on both sides of the debate, without fear of being labelled anti-industrial or anti-environmental. In the long run, if we lived in a stable, peaceful world, there would be plenty of money to build safer nuclear reactors, wind farms, solar farms and even cleaner coal and oil burning power plants. Until we learn to get along, we're never going to get anywhere.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • UHhello

      I agree with most of what you say in a utopian world where greed and money didn't drive our government I would say you are right on lets settle this calmly and respectfully. The problem is that a handfull of large businesses control our government and get preferential treatment as well as tax refunds even though they are making billions quarterly in profits. Some folks think it is time to take things in to our own hands to force change. I think what they are doing is comendable and self righteous at the same time. Because it does address the grid lock we have in regards to moving forward to new reusable energy sources. I also agree anyone attacking someone who is speaking logical and in civil tone should not be villified. Okay on to the Sur name statement 1. If she has kids with your relative then keeping the last name to keep continuity is great for the kids and I commend her. 2. If she likes the last name and has it legally what do you care...she made the name cooler than anyone else in your family so far. 3. How did your relative lose her? May be the men in your family cannot satisify a woman like XENA!! Just kidding that wasnt a fair shot.....I apologize I had to take it though!!

      February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dondijon

      Sir, You present some good points, Here is another. The [O]riginal Model-T Ford was constucted of Plastic made for the Cannabis Hemp Plant and was designed to and indeed ran well on Fuel made from the same for a fraction of the cost of petrolium. If Lucy realy wishe to make an inpact on the enviroment she would be lobying for the legalization of the same. Hempen fuel when combusted in an internal combution engien creates no Green House emission!!!! Cannabis eradicates Cancer, and it's seed is most possible in possesion of Anti-Oxidents, a high sorce of proteen and The most renewable resorce know to man... JUST SAYIN'

      February 28, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. halo

    I really wonder when the country started taking sides with the corporations who lie, cheat, and pollute our environment, I lived near two paper mills. They polluted the air so severely that there is a disproportionate amount of respiratory illnesses in our city.

    We need to stop drilling for oil in the arctic, and start working on alternative energy, we need to get the oil monkey off our backs, its going to be too late when that last barrel of oil is gone.

    I admire her for protesting, when the corporations pollute your drinking water and kill all of the fish and then run out of town like BP, maybe all of you anti environmental people will explain where to get more.

    Liberal mean we are concerned about rights, if you don't mind letting someone else do your thinking for you, by all means hate all of the protesters.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rol1

    Maybe BP will have the emergency equipment on hand this time, like they were contracted to have prior to the Exxon Valdez. Maybe they will operate more cautiously now they messed up in the Gulf of Mexico, but wait, they did the same thing in the Caspian Sea a couple of years ago and bribed their way out of it. And our state department knew about it as exposed on WikiLinks.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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