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Shell seeks restraining order to protect Alaska operation from Greenpeace

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published February 29, 2012

According to KTUU, Shell Oil has filed with U.S. District Court in Anchorage for a temporary restraining order against Greenpeace to protect planned offshore drilling projects in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

Documents filed by Shell on Monday argue that the order is necessary to protect its Alaska Outer Continental Shelf operations from interference or damage.

"Left unsanctioned, Greenpeace's actions will prevent Shell from transporting vessels, facilities, supplies, and personnel to the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, and from conducting federally-permitted exploration drilling activities on Shell-owned OCS oil and gas leases, during the brief 2012 open-water season in the Arctic," Shell attorneys wrote in the filing. "If not immediately enjoined, Greenpeace's illegal antics are intended to, and will cause Shell, irreparable and immeasurable harm."

The company is also seeking damages including attorneys fees from Greenpeace for its protest occupation last Thursday of the Alaska-bound Noble Discoverer drillship in New Zealand.

Read much more, here.