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Protesters endanger their lives as they dangle from bridge to block employees from drilling for oil

By Mason White 4:59 PM August 10, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Environmentalists were fined after they blocked a ship from passing a bridge so employees cannot drill for oil.

The Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker was the target of environmental protesters. The ship left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, bound for a drilling operation in the Arctic.

Activists from an organization called Greenpeace USA, blocked the ship by “hanging” from the bridge in an attempt to block the icebreaker from reaching its destination.

About 50 protesters in kayaks also moved toward the center of the river as the ship began its journey. Police eventually used boats and jet skis to cleared a narrow path for the ship to pass.

Police also jumped into the water to physically remove some protesters who left their kayaks.

Portland police spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson said that they arrested a number of people and it is still being determined whether anyone would face charges.

The icebreaker is a key part of the exploration plan and spill response off the northwest coast of Alaska.

Police moved in after a federal judge in Anchorage, Alaska, ordered Greenpeace to pay a fine of $2,500 for each hour the protesters hung from the bridge to block the ship.

The fine against Greenpeace increased hourly unless the blockade was lifted. It would have jumped to $5,000 per hour on Friday, $7,500 an hour on Saturday, and $10,000 an hour on Sunday.