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Send in the SEALS


Someone has illegally boarded an oil tanker — and she eats better than the average pirate. I thought Greenpeace had gone the way of the dodo until Xena Warrior Princess popped up on my CNN app.

Who wants to get in a fight with Xena the Warrior Princess?

It seems that a major oil corporation doesn’t have much of a choice. On Thursday Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena, and six other Greenpeace activists illegally boarded a drilling ship leased to Shell Oil off New Zealand’s western shore. The group reached a 174-foot drilling tower and held a sign “Stop Shell #SaveTheArctic.”

CNN spoke with Lawless on the Noble Discoverer Friday morning, the middle of the night in New Zealand. It was cold and noisy and she wasn’t getting much sleep. But the actress didn’t seem bothered at all. Asked to describe how she and the other protesters got on board, she said, “We walked like human beings wearing hard hats (but) I don’t want to give away any trade secrets.”

Greenpeace, in a statement, said the group had actually scaled the drillship which was in the Port of Taranaki in New Zealand. The activists were told to get off. But Lawless and the protesters refused to cooperate.

Kudos Lucy… in a world where Christian pastors are being sentenced to death, government ineptitude and corruption is extending misery at home, and American soldiers are being killed by goat-screwing Muslims in Afghanistan over g-ddamned book burned accidentally of course Arctic drilling is the prime issue.

11 comments to Send in the SEALS

  • -fritz-

    Of course she wouldn’t have been able to even get there without the oil in the first place. Sailing ships take way too long and electric boats would have to have a recharge every 30 miles and that’s hard to do at sea.

  • Raoul Ortega

    electric boats

    I’d say on a majority of my trolley trips to and from downtown Denver I pass a BNSF coal unit train headed to or from the powerplant down south. Sometimes all three tracks have one. Not only is that where my lights and computers get their juice, those trains also power all those “coal-fired” cars we are supposed to want to use. ’cause lets face it, none of them is plugged into a solar panel.

    • -fritz-

      I used to work for that RR when it was just the BNRR. We had about 25 loaded coaltrains a day and 25 empties going back, from Gillette, WY, to a big coal burner near Austin, TX. And that was in the 70s and 80s. Probably more than that now. I’m sure they ship to Denver and other places as well. Last I heard was that there was enough coal in the Gillette area to last a couple of hundred years. BTW Raoul, I grew up in Lakewood, CO in the 60s. And no, I was not a flower child! :-)

      On another note…why is Greenpeace protesting for the Arctic off New Zealand? Last time I checked, the Arctic was almost halfway around the world from NZ.

  • -fritz-

    “We feel very much that what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic anymore,” Lawless said. “An oil spill can never be cleaned up because of the remoteness and the freezing temperatures. We risk trashing whole ecosystems and poisoning them from plankton on up. It’s absolutely unthinkable.”

    All the more reason to drill in the lower 48 where there’s plenty of oil reserves and plenty of loons to watchdog the whole thing to prevent spills.

  • Scott M.

    Probably hasn’t gotten drilled for a while

  • I was always a Gabrielle fan, myself.

  • Veruckt

    That’s disappointing. I always sort of dug Lucy.

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