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Aerial view of protestors gathering in the Port of Seattle for the 'Paddle in Seattle' event. (Image courtesy of Greenpeace via Twitter)

More Arctic drilling protests planned in Seattle

SEATTLE — Critics of Arctic oil drilling are gathering Monday in Seattle, where a massive floating drill rig is parked on the waterfront.

Organizers say they expected hundreds to turn out to block the gates to Terminal 5 and engage in civil disobedience to stop any work on the rig.

The Polar Pioneer, which Shell hopes to use to drill off Alaska’s northwest coast this summer, arrived in Seattle on Thursday. Hundreds of protesters in kayaks and other vessels turned out on Saturday for a protest dubbed the “Paddle in Seattle,” and on Monday.

The protesters say they’re concerned about the risk of oil spill in the Arctic and the effects of burning fossil fuels on climate change. Officials in Alaska have touted the money the drilling could bring the state, as well as economic benefits to the Pacific Northwest, which uses much of Alaska’s oil.

In related news, Obama: Shell developed high safeguards against Arctic spills.

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