Friday, July 31, 2015

Judge Fines Greenpeace after Portland Protesters Block Shell Vessel

A federal judge in Alaska has ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters continue to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, for the Arctic.

The Thursday ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason came hours after the icebreaker appeared to begin heading out of Portland and toward a possible showdown with protesters dangling from a bridge in the hopes of blocking the vessel. The icebreaker, however, retreated just after 7:30 a.m., about a quarter-mile from the bridge, prompting cheers from environmental activists gathered below on a boardwalk.

The judge said Greenpeace is in civil contempt because the protesters impeded the icebreaker.


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