Countdown to Mass Protest Begins as Shell’s Arctic Drilling Rig Arrives in Puget Sound

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Greenpeace’s “Mosquito Fleet” in Port Angeles harbor in Puget Sound greeted the arctic-class semisubmersible drilling rig Polar Pioneer as it arrived aboard the heavy lift ship Blue Marlin on Friday 17 April 2015.

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Locals are protesting Shell’s arctic drilling ambitions which are set to restart this summer after the Polar Pioneer is subsequently transported to Alaska.

Before it heads north however, the Polar Pioneer will be brought to Seattle where “direct action” is planned for 18 May by organizers from ShellNo.org.

“We will unite in creative action, including a mass water-based blockade, and an event focused on working to honor our connections with this beautiful and complex planet. These events will build to a day of Mass Direct Action on Monday, May 18, when we will use nonviolent action to SHUT DOWN SHELL and all operations related to their Arctic expedition,” the organization said.