August 29, 2017
Court day follows oily ocean swim
Greenpeace is determined to take the resistance to East Coast oil exploration into the courtroom.
Executive director Russel Norman and fellow activist Sara Howell have pleaded not guilty to charges brought under the so called Anadarko Amendment which criminalises protests near exploration vessels.
The pair were arrested after swimming in front of the world’s largest seismic oil ship, the Amazon Warrior, more than 50 nautical miles offshore in Hawke's Bay.
The protest stopped seismic blasting for the day.
It followed demands by iwi and hapu along the coast for the exploration on behalf of Statoil and Chevron to stop.
Dr Norman says they were offered diversion but opted to fight because the world is in a climate emergency fueled by the oil industry and propped up by the New Zealand Government.
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