Thursday, May 12, 2005
Hoist by their own Petard
It's a good day for irony.
I have little patience for extremists of any sort, and Greenpeace do-gooders are among my private peeves. So it was a pleasant surprise to read today that Greenpeace was found guilty by an Alaskan jury of two misdemeanor criminal negligence charges after the ship Artic Sunrise went way up north to participate in an anti-logging campaign.
In an effort to safeguard the enviroment, Alaskan shipping regulations require non-tanker vessels to file an oil spill response plan application five days before entering state waters. Greenpeace had not.
The court found Greenpeace and the Artic Sunrise's Captain, Arne Sorensen, guilty of multiple counts of misdemeanor criminal negligence. Criminal negligence carries a maximum $200,000 fine for an organization, and a year in prison and a $10,000 fine for an individual.