Featured image is from Greepeace’s website.
Last week I reported the radical environmental group Greenpeace was on their way to Shell’s drilling area in northern Alaska with submersibles and an ice ship to protest the beginning of their drilling.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) and Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) sent letters to NOAA and BSEE requesting assurances from these federal agencies Shell’s interests, and the interests of any group, person or entity involved in the drilling operation be protected.
Also of interest is that Greenpeace’s Netherlands “chief” Sylvia Borren staged a hoax in which she “claimed” she was Shell’s new CEO and had immediately banned Shell’s drilling in Alaska.
Last May Shell was issued a restraining order effective until the end of October against Greenpeace. Greenpeace’s ice-class ship the Esperanza, interestingly enough with a Netherlands flag, arrived in Seattle as Shell was preparing for its trip to the drilling site. Greenpeace had boarded one of Shell’s rigs back in February as it was leaving New Zealand and according to the order Greenpeace must stay 200 miles from shore.
But Greenpeace is determined. On July 10 of this year they along with other radical environmental groups Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, Pacific Environment, and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court in Anchorage to stop the drilling.
But what is interesting and outrageous is that Shell is not named a party to the lawsuit. Instead the suit is against the U.S. Dept. of Interior and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
You see, our illustrious former president Jimmy Carter in 1980 signed a little-known law by the name of “Equal Access of Justice Act” which allows groups such as these to game the system and create revenue paid for by the taxpayers. When these groups sue the federal government, not only must the taxpayers foot the bill for the defense but they must also pay the plaintiff’s costs as well. Nice, isn’t it?
Even though the AP is saying the suit doesn’t seek to stop Shell’s intended drilling this year but in years to come, I skimmed the pleadings and couldn’t find that tidbit under their requested “reliefs” but then I am not an attorney.
Kind of ironic, the Obama administration and the Dept. of the Interior have had it out for the fossil fuel industry in this country and have tried to stall or stop coal, natural gas, oil and uranium mining. And now they are being sued for not destroying enough.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks