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Greenpeace ordered to stay away from Alaska oil firm

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge has issued a restraining order barring Greenpeace activists from interfering with activities at the Northstar oil field in the Beaufort Sea.

U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland issued the temporary order Wednesday at the request of lawyers for BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.

A Greenpeace spokesman, Dan Ritzman, said the group would comply.

The order names Greenpeace and a long list of people aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, now anchored in Prudhoe Bay.

"We sought the order because repeated incidents of the type we saw earlier this week pose a risk to Northstar workers, to the activists involved and to the police officers who are called out to respond," said BP spokesman Ronnie Chappell.

Seven people were arrested Tuesday at Barrow after they boarded a barge carrying equipment to the Northstar field.