Greenpeace wants Shell’s lawsuit over protest dismissed

Attorneys for Greenpeace Inc. have again asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeking expanded, court-ordered safety zones to keep protesters away from Shell’s Arctic drill fleet.

In a motion filed Monday in Anchorage, Greenpeace attorneys say Shell has demonstrated no property damage or delay from protesters last month boarding the Blue Marlin, a heavy-lift ship crossing the Pacific.

The ship carried a drill rig leased by the oil company for use this summer in the Chukchi Sea.

Lawyers for the conservation group say Shell wants to stop peaceful, legal protests.

Shell attorneys last week said expanded safety zones are needed to protect crews and the protesters. They say Greenpeace’s boarding of the ship will cost the company time and money for inspections.