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After 2-Day Standoff, Arctic Oil Drilling Ship Escapes Blockade with Police Collaboration

Common Dreams - Ending a nearly two-day standoff, Greenpeace activists who had successfully blocked passage of a Shell Oil drilling vessel were dramatically removed from their positions on the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon on Thursday evening as a special team of law enforcement officers cut them away to allow passage of the ship.  Read more.

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