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Shell Oil Seeks Restraining Order Against Greenpeace

February 28, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Shell Oil is requesting a temporary restraining order against Greenpeace to protect its planned offshore drilling operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, after protesters with the environmental group delayed the departure of a crucial drillship from a New Zealand port Thursday.

According to documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, Shell claims the order is necessary to protect its personnel and equipment drilling wells on the Outer Continental Shelf this summer, as well as to prevent Greenpeace from violating state and federal laws.

“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 with Anchorage-based Stoel Rives LLP wrote in the documents. “If not immediately enjoined, Greenpeace’s illegal antics are intended to, and will cause Shell, irreparable and immeasurable harm.”

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