Seven people involved in last month’s protests blocking a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker will face civil penalties of up to $25,000 each for interfering with the safe operation of a vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
They were either dangling from the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, or standing on the bridge helping the others, writes military.com.
Activists in kayaks also blocked the ship, according to the British newspaper The Guardian.
The Guardian is claiming that two people have been fined $5,000.
“While the Coast Guard supports peaceful protest activity on domestic waters, the actions of these individuals violated federal law,” Capt. Daniel Travers, commander of the Coast Guard Sector-Columbia River, said in a prepared statement.