It’s part of the ongoing protest of the oil company’s plans to host its Arctic drilling fleet in Seattle.
An activist perched herself atop a tripod Tuesday morning to block the gates to Shell’s Seattle fuel-transfer station in protest of the oil company’s plans to host its drilling fleet in Seattle.
Annie Lukins, of Seattle, said she wants to block the facility because she does not believe Shell can operate safely in the Arctic.
“Shell already knows the impacts of drilling in the Arctic. They are placing themselves in defiance of climate science, in defiance of the treaty subsistence rights … and in defiance of our elected officials here in Seattle,” Lukins said in a news release. “We need to ban Arctic drilling now.”
Lukins and other activists set up the roughly 20-foot metal tripod on Harbor Island about 6 a.m.
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On Monday, the Obama administration gave conditional approval for Shell to drill off Alaska’s coast this summer.
Although Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the Port of Seattle can’t house a floating oil rig at Terminal 5 until it gets a new land-use permit from the city, Shell said it would tow the 400-foot-long Polar Pioneer, to Seattle later in the week. The Seattle City Council on Monday passed a resolution urging the Port of Seattle to reconsider the Terminal 5 lease.
Bryan Stevens, a spokesman for Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development, said this month the Port could be “subject to enforcement” if plans proceed without a new permit.
The Port is scheduled to hold a public meeting at noon Tuesday to discuss the issue.
The Polar Pioneer has been moored in Port Angeles. Transocean, the offshore drilling company that paid $400 million in fines for the 2010 BP oil spill, operates the rig.
Activists plan to oppose Shell’s plans with a flotilla of kayaks Saturday in Elliott Bay.