LUCY LAWLESS has been sentenced to community work by a court for illegally boarding an oil drillship in Taranaki last year.
The former Xena actress, along with six other Greenpeace activists, had admitted the charge, which was an attempt to stop Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic.
They were each given 120 hours of community work, and ordered to pay Port Taranaki $651.44 each.
The managed to avoid having to pay $600,000 in reparations to Shell Todd, although the company could take its claim to a civil court.
The group boarded the drill ship Noble Discoverer in February of last year, delaying its departure from port.
They remained camped up the ship’s drilling rig for more than 70 hours.
Lawless, whose real name is Lucy Tapert, told Fairfax NZ that they were proud of their actions.
“We are proud to have taken part in our attempt to stop Shell’s reckless plans to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic.”
“Since we occupied the Noble Discoverer, it has become evident to everyone watching, from the millions who have signed Greenpeace petitions, to the US Government, now examining Shell’s plans, that it can never be safe to drill in the Arctic.
“Shell’s Arctic programme has cost them billions and it’s now regarded as an eye-wateringly expensive failure,” she said.
“Let’s embrace clean energy; we’re going to have to anyway, so why not do it before they cause a major oil spill in the Arctic, and consign our grandchildren to an uncertain and dangerous world?”
IMAGE: Wikimedia Commons