ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday will consider a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for an injunction against illegal boarding of Arctic-bound drilling equipment by activists from Greenpeace Inc.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on April 11 granted Shell a restraining order to keep Greenpeace from entering a safety zone around a semi-submersible drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, and a heavy lift ship carrying it from Malaysia to Washington state.
Shell hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE') Sea off Alaska's northwest coast.
Conservation groups oppose Arctic drilling and say oil companies have not demonstrated they can clean up a major spill in the remote region.
Six Greenpeace activists on April 6 boarded the ship carrying the Polar Pioneer as it traveled northwest of Hawaii.