U.S. Coast Guard Creates ‘Protest-Free Zone’ Surrounding Shell Oil Drilling Area In Alaska

Odd how these protest-free zones always happen to coincide with where protest would be most necessary. PressTV writes:

The United States Coast Guard will establish and enforce “a 500-meter safety zone” around the Shell Oil Company’s drilling vessel Noble Discoverer as it drills exploratory offshore wells in the sensitive Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska beginning this July.

The ‘buffer zone’ would apply to all vessels, but the ‘special rules’ are clearly designed to make it more difficult for those trying to protest against the Shell’s oil drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas this summer.

“For any group or individual intending to conduct lawful demonstrations in the vicinity of the Noble Discoverer,” reads the USCG memo, “These demonstrations must be conducted outside the safety zone.” While acknowledging the negative impact on the “environment and indigenous people” a mid-ocean collision caused by environmental activists attempting to block or board the ship could have in the Arctic, the USCG report made no mention of what impact a massive oil spill in the area would have on the same.

9 Comments on "U.S. Coast Guard Creates ‘Protest-Free Zone’ Surrounding Shell Oil Drilling Area In Alaska"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Jul 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm |

    Seems like a perfectly reasonable accomodation to me.

    The business of America is business, and the purpose of protest is to make the protesters feel better about themselves.  Why can’t we just split the difference and dedicate some barren rock exclusively for protests?  Like some type of Indian reservation?

    I’m pretty sure that this is how most people are inclined to see this.  Limitless profit may be an illusory notion, but it’s a lot more tangible than our certain knowledge of its inevitable failure.  Our nervous systems have been conditioned by evolution to a fairly narrow cognitive spectrum.

  2. The US Military is a publicly funded security service for US corporate interests.

    • Nunzio X | Jul 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm |

      Yep. Just ask General Smedley Butler:

      I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and
      during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man
      for Big Business,
      for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a
      gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico
      safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

      • Smedley Butler was a true American Hero.

        I wish more people would read his “War is a Racket”.

        I also wish that more people were aware of the “Businessman’s Plot” to take over the United States which Butler was instrumental in thwarting.


  3. Anarchy Pony | Jul 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm |

    “Noble Discoverer”? What a fucking joke. 

  4. tooCents | Jul 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

    I hate this world. Nature is a wicked bitch anyway. Before medicine life sucked even more. Now the human race is on it’s way to species suicide. So it goes.

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  6. Protest free zones are becoming more and more common. I attend Seattle Central Community College, which is where most of the WTO demonstrations were organized. This past school year, the administration decided to create “Designated Free Speech Zones” on campus. WooohOOO!

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