Greenpeace charged with violating enviromental law


Greenpeace, one of the best-known environmental groups in the world, is used to seeing its activists arrested at protests. What it's not used to is being charged with breaking environmental laws, but that's what the state of Alaska has done.

Prosecutors have cited the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise for not submitting oil spill prevention documents before entering state waters.

The ship, with 27 activists on board, is touring Southeast Alaska to protest logging in the Tongass National Forest.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation cited the ship for not filing an oil spill response plan or having a certificate of financial responsibility in case of a spill, which large non-tankers are required by state law to do five days before entering state waters.


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