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Shell Gets Stuck in Seattle


Environmentalists blocked the drilling platform Shell Polar Pioneer, which is going to leave the port of Seattle (USA) to the shores of Alaska to begin drilling offshore.

Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
According to the website of Greenpeace, 13 kayaking activists blocked the road to the drilling platform, forming a live barrier on its way.

Not only Greenpeace activists, but other environmental groups are among the protesters: indigenous people of Washington State of Alaska, Canada, veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, members of the movement for social justice, musicians and representatives of the city council of Seattle.

- The activists intend to hold in the water as long as possible without letting the platform to get out of the port, - said in the statement. It is noted that environmentalists are stocked with food, drink, and warm clothing. Their task is a minimum - delay sending the platform to the Chukchi Sea.

Delay to send the drill to the coast of Alaska, according to Greenpeace activists, could give the US government time to think again about the consequences of oil production on the Arctic shelf.

- They (activists) are turning to the US government, to use the delay to withdraw the license issued by Shell to drill in the Arctic, - said in the statement.

According to Greenpeace, Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer.

Earlier it was reported that Shell has received from the US government permission to drill in the Arctic and in 2015, is going to start work in the Arctic Ocean. The company intends to drill two wells in the American part of the Chukchi Sea on Burger field starting around July 15. In total, US regulators have agreed to drill up to six wells in this area.

Shell is facing problems at in Seattle not for the first time. Earlier, the mayor of the city Ed Murray said that the terminal №5, where Shell had planned to keep its Arctic fleet for the next two years, should go through the process of obtaining a new authorization for the use of land. The current resolution does not provide long-term service of oil platforms and support vessels in the port.

The mayor ordered the City Development Department to study the terms of the agreement between the port and Foss Maritime, a firm that maintains Shell’s fleet. Among other things, there is the need to evaluate how Shell’s drilling placement can affect the environment.

Head of the City believes that it is not just unnecessary formalities, but a chance to "stop and reconsider" the intention to cooperate with the oil giant.

- It is time to turn the page of history. Trains with coal and oil, arctic platform - all of these are things of the past. It is necessary to bet on the economy of the future - clean energy, electric cars, eco-friendly homes and responsible business, - he said.

source: usnews.com