Actress Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus) has been arrested, along with five other Greenpeace activists in Port Taranaki, New Zealand.
The arrests end a 77-hour protest at the top of a 53m drilling tower on Shell oil exploration ship the Noble Discoverer.
Protesters boarded the Arctic-bound ship and scaled the drilling tower on Friday morning, locking the access ladder to barricade themselves.
The protesters hung banners from the drilling derrick reading “Stop Shell” and “(hashtag)SaveTheArctic.”
“This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun,” said Lawless, before being arrested.
“Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down.”
Greenpeace says 133,000 people sent emails to Shell, telling them to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.
“I can’t wait to get home to my kids to tell them all about this amazing journey, but I’m so glad I took part in this peaceful action,” says Lawless.
“We did what we came to do. Together we sent a clear message that has been heard and echoed across the globe: there’s no place in this world for your reckless Arctic oil.”
Greenpeace is calling on Shell to cancel its plans to open up the Arctic to oil drilling.