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On a Tuesday in Seattle Area, Shell Meets Opposition in Every Corner

by Cassady Craighill

May 13, 2015

This week is a busy one for all those who oppose Shell's Arctic drilling plans. The inspiring movement to halt Shell's Arctic drilling plans is heating up in Seattle and people around the country are supporting to movement to save the Arctic.

Members the sHell No! Flotilla and other "kayaktivists" gathered to protest the Shell Company and their Arctic drilling rig, the Noble Discoverer, as it docked in Everett, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The Noble Discoverer, the drillship thatÕs part of Royal Dutch ShellÕs Arctic drilling fleet, arrives in Everett, Washington May 12, 2015. Shell confirmed that the ship will load and unload supplies in Everett before it heads to Seattle.

©Genna Martin/Greenpeace

This week is a busy one for all those who oppose Shells Arctic drilling plans. The inspiring movement to halt Shells Arctic drilling plans is heating up in Seattle andpeople around the country are supporting to movement to save the Arctic.

Yesterday kicked off with a heated Seattle Port Commission Hearing when dozens ofparticipants asked the commissionersto rescind the lease they signed with Shell in a backroom deal months ago. The City of Seattle announced the last week that the deal was actually not in compliance with city permits. Despite hours of passionate testimony, the Port voted to appeal the citys decision although they did agree to ask Foss Maritime, whose client is Shell, to delay the moorage of the rigs at in Seattle.

Per usual, the hearing was full of diverse voices advocating for Arctic protection from a musical interlude from the beloved Raging Grannies to a heartwarming plea from a little boy in a firemans jacket mentioning the fires in California and lack of snow in skiing regions to one of the Greenpeace activists who peacefully boarded the Shell rig the Polar Pioneer.

Meanwhile a small crew of kayaktivists headed north to Everett, Washington to greet Shells oil rig, the ill-fated Noble Discoverer, as it cruised in the port of Everett, just thirty minutes north of Seattle. The Noble Discoverer is the same rig associated with eight felonies from Shells 2012 Arctic drilling attempt and recently failed a Coast Guard inspection in Hawaii.

The Noble Discoverer is expected to stay in Everett for a few days before coming to Seattle while the companys other rig, the Polar Pioneer, should be in Seattle by the end of the week. It has been in Port Angeles, Washington since mid-April.

The Polar Pioneer arrives in Port Angeles, Washington, two hours from Seattle.

The Polar Pioneer arrives in Port Angeles, Washington, two hours from Seattle.

Next up? This weekend, hundreds more kayaktivists are expected to hit the water, including Greenpeace’s own Executive Director and Seattle native Annie Leonard, to protest Shells Arctic drilling plans.

Find out more here!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1615883975321739/

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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