Today, seven Greenpeace activists were arrested for standing up to the oil industry, and sending a message to Secretary Salazar that we must stop offshore drilling. The activists were Lindsey Allen, Lauren Valle, Emma Cassidy, David Pomerantz, Georgia Hirsty, Scott Cardiff, and Paul Kelley. They have been charged with the felony charges of Unauthorized Entry of a Critical Infrastructure and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling.
In response to the charges, Greenpeace Executive Director Phil Radford issued the following statement:
"Charging these activists with felonies is a disproportionate response to the peaceful protest that took place today at Port Fourchon. It is outrageous that prosecutors would confront peaceful protestors with such a heavy hand while not a single BP executive has been charged for the devastation they have wrought on the Gulf of Mexico and the people and animals that depend on it. Charge BP, not Greenpeace activists.
Greenpeace staff, scientists, and volunteers have been in Louisiana for weeks taking water samples, bearing witness, and documenting the devastation that has been unleashed on the Gulf of Mexico. We have seen firsthand the damage that this has done to the ecosystem, the community and the local economy, and have sympathized with the people who make Louisiana their home, or depend upon the Gulf for their livelihoods.
Today, activists used that same oil to ask Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to make sure this never happens again. We must not drill off the shores of Alaska when there is no way to prevent another blowout in the pristine Arctic waters.
I am proud of the action that these activists took today, and if we are to move past the mistakes of the past toward a clean energy future, we'll have to heed today not only to the words they painted, but the urgency with which they painted them. We must act now to protect our oceans and the future of our planet."
Other contacts: Molly Dorozenski, Greenpeace Media Officer, 917-864-3724, In Washington, DC: Joe Smyth, Greenpeace Media Officer, 831-566-5647,
Notes: Photos available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenpeaceusa09/sets/72157624113984748/