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Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everett, Wash. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The rig arrived just as the Port of Seattle voted to delay the arrival of Shell's Polar Pioneer drill rig in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Kayakers prepare to meet Shell’s oil drill rig in Seattle

SEATTLE — Protesters opposed to Arctic oil drilling are preparing to paddle out in kayaks to meet Shell’s massive offshore drilling rig as it arrives any day now in Seattle.

The action will raise the stakes in the battle over oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean.

The petroleum giant says it is moving ahead with plans to use leased space at the Port of Seattle to load its drilling rigs and other vessels with supplies and personnel as it prepares to explore for oil this summer in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast.

That’s despite the city saying the Port of Seattle needs a new permit.

One of the drill rigs it plans to use has been parked at Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula, and is expected in Seattle this week.

In related news, Arctic drilling protesters set up at Shell Seattle facility.

This article was written by Phuong Le from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.