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Arctic drilling protests at Seattle port to stop Shell rig work

Arctic drilling platform staged in Seattle

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Protesters gather in Seattle in an effort to block the gates of a Seattle port where Shell’s Arctic drilling rig is being staged. ¬†King 5 TV photo.

Critics of Arctic¬†drilling plan to block the gates to a seaport terminal in Seattle, where Royal Dutch Shell’s massive floating drill rig will be loaded up before heading to the waters off Alaska this summer.

A few hundred protesters marched across a bridge to Terminal 5, temporarily closing the road during Monday morning’s commute. Organizers plan to engage in civil disobedience to stop work on the rig.

Police say arrests are possible, but they expect the demonstration to be peaceful.

Port spokesman Peter McGraw says there are minimal operations at Terminal 5 on Monday “so there’s not much to block.”

The protesters say they’re concerned about the risk of an oil spill and the effects of burning fossil fuels. Officials in Alaska have touted the economic benefits drilling could bring.

The Associated Press

 

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