Deep-sea drilling: the oil rush is on

By Greg Shand In Current Affairs

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7th April, 2012
When actress Lucy Lawless and six other Greenpeace activists boarded an Arctic-bound oil rig in Port Taranaki in late February, their target – the oil giant Shell – was soon hit by a tsunami-size wave of international condemnation. Over the next four days the inboxes of Shell Oil executives were flooded with emails – 125,000 of them – from supporters of the Greenpeace action. When Shell effectively blocked the email traffic, Greenpeace changed tack, turning the email campaign into an online petition to try to persuade Shell to abandon its controversial plans to drill for oil in ...

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