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Xena Warrior Princess Arrested for Protesting on oil-drilling ship

Former Xena Warrior Princess star arrested along with five Greenpeace environmental activists.

Lucy Lawless, 43, a New Zealand native, protested atop a 174-foot drilling tower on the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki. She and six activists climbed the tower to raise awareness about oil drilling in the Arctic and to stop the ship from leaving.

They are due to appear in a New Zealand court Thursday.

The ship was chartered by Shell oil company to drill five exploratory wells in the Arctic. It was due to leave over the weekend. Greenpeace and Lawless wanted to take a stand against oil-drilling in the Arctic and against global warming.

“I’ve got three kids. My sole biological reason for being on this planet is to ensure that they can flourish, and they can’t do that in a filthy, degraded environment,” she said.

“We need to stand up while we still can.”

Rob Jager, Chairman of shell New Zealand said in a release that the protest put people in danger and he was glad it was over. He added that Greenpeace did not take the company’s offer to engage in a “productive conversation.”

Bunny McDiarmid, chief executive of Greenpeace New Zealand, said the protest had gone “brilliantly.” There are more than 100,000 people who sent messages against Shell’s Arctic plans.

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