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Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrives in Port Angeles

The Polar Pioneer oil rig arrived in Port Angeles on Wednesday. It was in its anchorage in Port Angeles Harbor by about 5 p.m.

Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Port Angeles was an “excellent location for load-out” before the drilling season and remains fit for that purpose.

The rig is expected to spend a “handful of weeks” at the port for offloading, he said. “Its next destination has not been determined.”

The Polar Pioneer’s arrival in Seattle in May triggered protests by environmentalists and led city officials to challenge the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease of Terminal 5 to a contractor planning to use it for Shell’s drilling ships.

The Polar Pioneer and a companion drilling rig, the Noble Discoverer, left Alaska’s Dutch Harbor about two weeks ago, after Royal Dutch Shell’s Sept. 27 announcement that it would pull back from oil exploration off the North Slope.

The Noble Discoverer arrived in Everett on Saturday morning, said Lisa Lefeber, spokeswoman for the Port of Everett.

She said the length of its stay will depend on unloading activities, but the port does not expect it to be in Everett for the winter.

Its final destination also has not been disclosed.

In related news, Shell pulls the plug on Arctic exploration.

This article was written by Coral Garnick from Seattle Times and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.