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Greenpeace Targets Shell Contracted-Ship For Anti-Drilling Act

By Isabel Ordonez Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES May 24, 2010 17:54 ET (21:54 GMT)

HOUSTON -(Dow Jones)- Greenpeace activists on Monday staged an anti-drilling protest at a Louisiana-based ship contracted by Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) to help look for oil in Alaska, the environmental organization said.

Environmental activists painted a message against drilling in the Arctic on the bridge of the Harvey Explorer, which is scheduled to depart for Alaska to support drilling operations in July, according a statement in Greenpeace’s Web site.

Shell confirmed that the vessel was targeted by the activists and said nobody was injured in the incident. “The matter is now in the hands of Fourchon Port Police in Port Fourchon, Louisiana,” Kelly OpDeWeegh, a spokeswoman for Shell, said in an email. “We are disappointed in the approach taken by Greenpeace today.”

Greepeace said in its Web site that the action had the purpose to send a message to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who was visiting Louisiana to assess the impact of a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The leak followed the explosion and sinking last month of the Transocean Ltd. (RIG) rig Deepwater Horizon, which was drilling a well for BP PLC (BP).

Environmental groups in Alaska have been separately calling on Salazar to stop new offshore oil and gas exploration in Alaskan coastal waters. Shell is hoping to drill exploratory wells this summer.

-By Isabel Ordonez, Dow Jones Newswires; 713.547.9207;
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