Lucy Lawless, Xena Warrior Princess, Captures Oil-Drilling Ship

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Lucy Lawless -- of Xena, Warrior Princess and Spartacus -- has taken over an Artic-bound, oil-drilling ship along with several other Greenpeace activists today.

Lawless and the Greenpeace members boarded the Shell-contracted ship this morning, in hopes that their protest would keep it from leaving Auckland, New Zealand for the Alaskan coast. That vessel, the Noble Discoverer, is scheduled to drill three exploratory oil wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

Runnin' Scared reached out to Lawless, who took a few minutes to chat about the demo.


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Department of Environmental Protection Clarifies Fracking E-Mail (UPDATE)

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg has had his share of public reservations about hydrofracking, urging government honchos to keep drilling far from NYC's water. The City's environmental agency is on board, too.

But a strange little newsletter released this afternoon from the Department of Environmental Protection sends mixed signals, even if it doesn't mean to.

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Tony Hayward Should Really Just Stop Talking

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Tony Hayward, the English bloke and former oil company CEO with the name that became infamous, and synonymous, with BP's 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled in the Gulf, and a sense of overwhelming incompetence in BP's attitude toward said spill (what with his taking time to go yachting, and complaining he wanted his life back, and the leak not being fixed for months), is coming forward once again, for some reason, to emphasize his "no regrets" philosophy.

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Update: Another Oil Rig Explodes in the Gulf

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Not even kidding, though we wish we were. An offshore oil rig owned by Mariner Energy exploded this morning west of the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, about 80 miles south of Vermillion Bay along the central Louisiana coast. Update: CNN reports that according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, there are reports of a "sheen" stretching just over a mile long, though the company said an initial flyover indicated "no hydrocarbon spill."

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Oil Plume in the Gulf Exists to Spite Tony Hayward

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Here's a new word, everybody! Let's all say it together: Plume. Doesn't that just roll off the tongue, all slick and oily? Despite what you might think, it doesn't mean the feather in a dapper man's cap, or a particularly French shade of plum. It's the latest in our ongoing explorations with BP etymology! Intrigued? Here's more.

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The Other Gulf Oil Rig Quietly Spilling Right Now: Explained and Exposed

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Here's a strange one: a filing by Ben Raines at the Alabama Press-Register on Monday evening shows up online with a headline announcing "Another Gulf oil spill: Well near Deepwater Horizon has leaked since at least April 30." Some bloggers may have noted it. But why aren't we hearing anything else about it? And why -- if there are federal documents about this -- is it being rebuked in the press?

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