Skip to comments.Greenpeace ruling overturned ( criminal negligence reinstated )
Posted on 07/06/2008 10:44:56 AM PDT by george76
A Ketchikan jury correctly convicted a Greenpeace ship's captain of criminal negligence for sailing in Alaska waters without the proper oil spill response plan, the state appeals court ruled Thursday.
The opinion partly cancels a 2005 decision by a Ketchikan judge to overturn guilty verdicts against Greenpeace Inc. and Arctic Sunrise Capt. Arne Sorensen of misdemeanor charges.
At the time of its anti-logging campaign, the ship was carrying more than 70,000 gallons of "petroleum products," according to district court documents. In Alaska, non-tank vessels larger than 400 gross tons must file an oil spill response plan application five days before entering state waters. The Arctic Sunrise was almost 1,000 gross tons.
In its May 2005 verdicts, the Ketchikan jury convicted Greenpeace of two counts of operating a ship without spill contingency plans In its 24-page ruling, the appeals court directed the lower court to reinstate the jury's verdict that found Sorensen guilty of operating the ship without the contingency plan on July 14, 2004.
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The environmental activist group, the captain of the Arctic Sunrise and the ship’s agent all are charged with misdemeanor criminal counts of operating a vessel without a spill contingency plan or proof of financial responsibility in case of a spill, as required by state law.
The chief operating officer of Greenpeace Inc. said her organization bears no responsibility for a ship that operated under the organization’s banner in Alaska waters without a spill prevention plan.
‘’It is Stichting Marine Service’s responsibility,’’ McPeake said.
McPeake described the ownership of the Arctic Sunrise and two other ships commonly associated with Greenpeace, as well as how the ships are used by 30 independent Greenpeace organizations around the world.
The ships are owned by Stichting Phoenix, of Amsterdam, and are leased as bare boat charters to Stichting Marine Services, she said. The public is uninterested in the corporate ownership of the ships commonly associated with Greenpeace and Greenpeace groups do nothing to dispel the belief that the ships are owned by Greenpeace, she said.
Stichting Marine Services takes on all aspects of operations, including hiring captains and crews, equipping the vessels and maintaining legal documents, she said. The company then leases the ships to Stichting Greenpeace Council, the governing body of Greenpeace International, at no charge, McPeake said.
Stichting Marine and Greenpeace International have the same street address
So typical...The green weenies don’t believe the laws apply to them. LOL!
Thanks for the ping, George.
Wouldn't want mummy's trust fund babies to suffer an accident, and then use the remaining trust fund to sue Greenpiece, so that their finances were opened up to the world.
The loony left is nothing but lying fascist commies.
Green weenies are against personal responsibility.
Where does Watson get the funds for his exploits? In part, from an eclectic cadre of shadowy personalities.
That includes Susan Bloom, a long-time donor to the most extreme factions of the environmental and animal-rights movement. Bloom was the founder and main financier of the British Columbia animal-rights group Bear Watch, which employed David Barbarash, a former spokesman for the terrorist Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Paul Watson has hosted at least one Bear Watch fundraiser.
Ann Johnston gave SSCS almost $2.7 million in stock in 1997.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Nothing like hoisting the environmentalists by their own petard.
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