Green activist arrested

Click to follow
The Independent US

A Briton was arrested today on suspicion of criminal trespass on to the BP Arctic oil site in Alaska, police said.

Martin Cotterell, 32, of Penrith, Cumbria, a Greenpeace activist for more than a decade, was arrested while waving a banner that read "Stop BP's Northstar, Save the Climate" at the Northstar offshore oil project in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

The father-of-two, who runs an alternative energy home installation company, was arrested with four other Greenpeace activists: Americans Stephanie Hillman, 34, and Tom Platt, 39, plus Canadians Paul Ruzycki, 36, and Phil Dunn, 39.

Two of the protesters allegedly towed a fibreglass dome on to the construction area of the man-made gravel island and locked themselves inside before being arrested, a North Slope police spokesman.

All five appear before magistrates later today to face one count of criminal trespass, while Dunn alone faces a resisting arrest charge.

BP Amoco's Northstar project is the spearhead for oil development in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.

Some environmentalists fear it could lead to increased pollution and global climate change.

Comments