July 16, 1999 |
A Greenpeace ship used in protests against commercial whaling in Norwegian waters was ordered Thursday to remain under port arrest for the rest of this month. The coast guard seized the Sirius on Monday after a North Sea confrontation in which the activists claimed that whalers aboard the trawler Kato shot at them with a rifle. The activists had been trying to prevent the Kato from killing its quota of minke whales in an area about 115 miles off Norway's southwestern coast.
August 9, 2000 |
Greenpeace activists occupied an unmanned oil company vessel in the Arctic Ocean for a second day Tuesday in a protest against the company's offshore oil development in Alaska. The environmental group said five activists were on a vessel holding a BP Amoco control center and staff living quarters being towed to a construction site for the Northstar oil project in Prudhoe Bay, the site of Alaska's largest oil field.
September 30, 1990 |
Four members of the environmental group Greenpeace were arrested in a demonstration in which two people delayed the departure of a Chevron tanker by chaining themselves to the rudder. The other two arrested scaled the hull with mountain climbing gear to unfurl a banner that read, "Do People Die for Oil? People Do." Greenpeace said the purpose of the protest was to call attention to the nation's "overdependence" on fossil fuels and a need for an energy policy based on clean, renewable resources.
September 6, 1995 |
Greenpeace, which pressured the oil giant Shell Oil Co. into scrapping plans to dump an old drilling platform at sea, admitted Tuesday that part of its campaign was in error. While Shell enjoyed a bit of good publicity in a dispute that earlier spurred consumer protests across Europe, Greenpeace insisted that its goal of preventing sea burial of the platform Brent Spar was the right idea.
November 9, 1992 |
An armed Japanese escort ship collided Sunday with a Greenpeace boat tracking a freighter laden with highly toxic plutonium, the environmental group and Japan's coast guard said. Japan is shipping the plutonium home to fire up a new generation of nuclear fast-breeder reactors. Greenpeace opposes the shipment and is trailing the cargo ship, saying the plutonium poses huge dangers ranging from a spill to an attack by terrorists seeking nuclear bomb-making material. The Akatsuki Maru, carrying 1.
October 14, 1990 |
Soviet authorities on Saturday released a Greenpeace ship seized in icy Soviet seas north of the Arctic Circle during a protest against the Kremlin's plans to resume testing of nuclear weapons there. They expelled the ship, the MV Greenpeace, from Soviet waters, and freed without charge four activists who had landed on the forbidden territory of the Novaya Zemlya testing range.
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August 14, 2001 |
Fifteen Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges of entering a Vandenberg Air Force Base ocean safety zone during an antimissile defense test. The protesters--some swimming, others in small boats--delayed the July 14 launch by entering a restricted area of the Pacific Ocean. A base spokesman said the delay was two minutes, but Greenpeace claims the protest postponed the launch by 40 minutes. U.S. Magistrate Carolyn Turchin set trial for Sept.
October 9, 1990 |
The Soviet coast guard Monday fired warning shots at a Greenpeace ship carrying anti-nuclear activists who were protesting plans to resume the testing of nuclear weapons in the Arctic, the official Tass news agency reported. The coast guard vessel, an icebreaker operated by the KGB, the Soviet security and intelligence agency, then put armed sailors aboard the MV Greenpeace to escort it out of the Barents Sea, Tass said.
May 20, 1993 |
Greenpeace activists handcuffed themselves to the door of the Russian Atomic Energy Ministry and blocked its main entrance Wednesday as part of their mounting campaign to fight government plans for 26 new nuclear plants across Russia. The protest lasted only two hours and ended peacefully when police managed to unlock the handcuffs and remove the padlocked bar across the ministry's front door.
July 10, 1995 |
French navy commandos swooped down from a helicopter and seized the Rainbow Warrior II protest ship at dawn Sunday in the South Pacific, firing tear gas, removing 11 crew members and thwarting an attempt by militant environmentalists to block the resumption of nuclear tests.