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Local unions join “Shell No” campaign

In a show of support for environmental activists speaking out against Seattle becoming the homeport for Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling fleet, local unions have joined the movement. “We recognize other labor unions have a position of support for this Oil Rig here,” the groups wrote. They were referring to unions that work in the maritime community, such as Local 19, ...

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5 ‘Raging Grannies’ arrested in anti-Shell protest at Terminal 5

Five members of the Seattle activist group the “Raging Grannies” were arrested by police Tuesday morning during a protest outside Terminal 5. But it wasn’t easy. The women, dressed in long skirts and sun hats and sipping from porcelain teacups, were bound together by so-called “sleeping dragons,” makeshift sleeves constructed with materials designed to make their removal difficult and time-consuming. ...

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Shell Oil’s Arctic rig permit hearing set for July 23

A hearing has been set for July 23 for the Port of Seattle and Foss Maritime’s appeal to the City of Seattle’s interpretation that the port needs a new permit to host Shell’s Oil’s rig Polar Pioneer. Representatives from all parties attended a prehearing conference Wednesday with deputy hearing examiner Anne Watanabe to discuss the timeline and to estimate how ...

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Shell vows to explore Arctic despite Seattle protests

LONDON – Royal Dutch Shell will press on with a campaign to explore the Arctic for oil this summer despite protests in the port city of Seattle, chief executive officer Ben van Beurden said on Tuesday. Hundreds of environmental activists have fanned out across the Seattle Bay in recent days to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch company’s rigs from entering the port ...

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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 ...

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What’s at stake: The debate over Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront before they head north — but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. ...

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