Actress Lucy Lawless arrested in oil-drilling protest

February 28, 2012 | Environment
Lucy Lawless: Xena hates oil-drilling

Lucy Lawless and six Greenpeace environmental activists were arrested after the group spent four days protesting aboard an oil-drilling ship docked in New Zealand.

Lawless and the other activists climbed aboard early Friday in an attempt to raise awareness about oil drilling in the Arctic and prevent the ship, scheduled to drill five exploratory wells during the Arctic summer, from leaving.

Lucy Lawless, who has played Xena the Warrior Princess, is totally committed with the "Stop Shell #SaveTheArctic" protest. "We walked like human beings wearing hard hats (but) I don't want to give away any trade secrets", said Lawless.

"We thanked them for adhering to their protocol," she added, stressing that the exchange between the activists and authorities has been peaceful. "We know we'll be arrested. We have no choice but to stay where we are and send our message to the world."

"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."

Lucy Lawless is a longtime environmental activist.

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