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Royal Dutch Shell Sues Greenpeace Activists

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By: MICHEAL KAUFMANPublished: Apr 8, 2015 at 8:38 am EST

The oil multinational has filed a legal complaint in a federal court in Alaska, as it looks to remove the six Greenpeace activists from its vessel carrying the Polar Pioneer oil rig.

In an official statement yesterday, Shell said it has had talks with groups that are against the company’s planned drilling activities in Arctic this summer. While the company respects their views, the recent move by protesters has endangered their lives as well as lives of the crew members. The risky decision to climb a moving vessel is also illegal, claims Shell.

Greenpeace, an environmental group, has said its team of protesters plans on occupying a part of Polar Pioneer, where they will unfurl a banner as a show of protest against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans. The group has confirmed that its activists would not interfere with the operations or navigation of the vessel.

Environment groups have always been against oil exploration in the Arctic. The harsh weather conditions in the region increase the risk of oil spills, while making any potential spills much more difficult to clean up.

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