Lucy tweeted this morning that the Save The Arctic Court Case will now be heard on 7 February in New Plymouth Court. Lucy and her fellow Greenpeace protesters are due to face New Plymouth Court for sentencing on several occasions but it was postponed.
The charges related to trespass of the Shell arctic drill ship The Noble Discoverer on 24-27 February 2012 where they occupied the ship's derrick for 3.5 days preventing it from sailing to the Arctic for drilling of oil in the pristine Arctic waters. Lucy and her fellow protestors pleaded guilty to the charge of trespass (after it was downgraded from burlgary) on 14 June 2012. They were due to be sentenced on 13 September but the court case was adjourned to 22 November. The court case was postponed once again by Shell. Their reason? Shell was seeking damages of $700,000. Click here to read Greenpeace Press Release on why Shell wanted damages back in November.
We now wait to see if the 7 February court case will go ahead or once again be postponed.
Here is her tweet
In the early hours of 24 February 2012 in Taranaki, New Zealand, 7 fearless Greenpeace activists boarded the Noble Discoverer and scaled the derrick of the drill ship. They stayed up on that derrick for 3.5 days and by staying there they brought attention to the world Shell's plans for drilling in the Arctic. No longer was it a story relegated to the inner pages of the newspaper or deeply buried online. It shone a light on Shell's plans to be the first in a race to use up the Arctic's oil.
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