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Shell seeks injunction against Arctic drilling protesters

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By DAN JOLING – Associated Press – Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A federal judge on Tuesday will consider a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for an injunction against illegal boarding of Arctic-bound drilling equipment by activists from Greenpeace Inc.

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on April 11 granted Shell a restraining order to keep Greenpeace from entering a safety zone around a semi-submersible drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, and a heavy lift ship carrying it from Malaysia to Washington state.

Shell hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE’) Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast.

Conservation groups oppose Arctic drilling and say oil companies have not demonstrated they can clean up a major spill in the remote region.

Six Greenpeace activists on April 6 boarded the ship carrying the Polar Pioneer as it traveled northwest of Hawaii.

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