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Anti-Arctic drilling kayak activists hold ‘Shell No’ protest

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Martha Bellisle: Associated Press: May 16, 2015

Anti-Arctic drilling kayak activists hold ‘Shell No’ protest

SEATTLE — Activists opposed to drilling for oil in the Arctic plan to launch a flotilla of kayaks and other boats on Seattle’s Elliott Bay on Saturday, two days after the arrival of a towering oil rig that is the centerpiece of Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet.

The “Paddle in Seattle” — a daylong, family friendly festival in a West Seattle park and an on-the-water protest by “Shell No” kayaktivists — aims to continue the message sent as the Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived: “Stand up for the climate and say no to Shell’s drilling plans.” read more

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Arctic Drilling Protests Greet Royal Dutch Shell Drilling Rigs In Seattle

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By: MICHEAL KAUFMANPublished: May 16, 2015 at 9:07 am EST

The protest by environmental groups and the people of Seattle against Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) move to dock its drilling rigs at the city’s port is growing by the day. The port of Seattle had earlier decided to grant access to Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs.

As part of the lease agreement between the port of Seattle and shell subsidiary Foss maritime, the latter will service Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet for two years. On May 11, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had given a conditional approval to the Anglo-Dutch company to conduct oil exploration in the Arctic. read more

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Protesters in Seattle to take on Shell Arctic oil drilling plans

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SEATTLE | BY VICTORIA CAVALIERE

Commodities | Sat May 16, 2015 12:00pm BST

Hundreds of activists, many in boats and kayaks, were gearing up on Saturday to protest plans to store two Royal Dutch Shell drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront before the oil giant resumes Arctic oil exploration this summer.

Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the oil giant’s efforts to use the Port of Seattle as a home base as it outfits the rigs to return to the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, saying drilling in the remote Arctic waters could lead to an ecological catastrophe. read more

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Seattle ‘kayak-tivists’ take on Shell in battle over Arctic oil drilling

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Seattle ‘kayak-tivists’ take on Shell in battle over Arctic oil drilling

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Rose Hackman in New York: Saturday 16 May 2015 12.30 BST

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To Klapstein, the correct analogy is that of a plane crash. “Can you imagine being told to get on a plane that has a 75% chance of crashing? Who gets on a plane that has a 75% of crashing?”

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Why is Shell steaming toward risk with oil at $65 a barrel?

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By Eric Roston published 16 May 2015 by Bloomberg.com

In December 1979, in the wake of the Iranian revolution and the oil price shock, executives from the biggest energy companies converged on Fairbanks for an auction of leases to drill in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea. Oil was nearing a then-record $29 a barrel. “This is the hottest area in North America,” one of the executives told the New York Times. 

Oil companies would go on to produce more than 10 billion barrels of oil from the North American Arctic. And counting.

This week, with oil at $65, the Interior Department approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to to drill up to six exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea, just west of the Beaufort. read more

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Sign to call on Seattle’s Mayor to make the right decision for our planet

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Dear friends,

The US government just gave oil giant Shell the go-ahead to drill in the pristine Arctic, putting our climate and the ocean’s majestic wildlife under grave risk. But there’s a way we can stop this. 

Before Shell can get to the Arctic, their monster ship needs to gear up in Seattle. But one man has the power to turn Shell away — Seattle’s green mayor Ed Murray. He’s already told Shell that they don’t have permission to service their rigs in Seattle, but they’ve essentially said that they’re coming whether the City likes it or not. 

Now it’s up to Ed to decide whether to lay down or go all-in for the Arctic. We know he’s with us, but it takes real guts to stand up to one of the most powerful companies in history. Let’s show the Mayor that the whole world stands with him and the people of Seattle in doing whatever it takes to say “Shell No!” to Arctic drilling — sign now: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/shell_drilling_loc/?bcAcrjb&v=58482

Experts are clear that drilling the Arctic is extremely dangerous and far too hazardous for our fragile climate. The closest Coast Guard station is more than 1,000 miles away. If anything goes wrong, which Shell’s own plan says is likely, there would be literally nobody to help and nothing they could do about it. 

But what’s really incredible is that they’re even considering unlocking a whole new form of extreme oil that scientists say is 100% incompatible with preventing runaway global warming. Profits for Shell or a safe climate for all of us — it should be an easy choice.  

The fight in Seattle is getting red-hot right now. Last week, after mounting pressure from local organizers, Mayor Murray told Shell their permits don’t cover their planned activities. But Shell’s ships have set sail for Seattle anyways in gross violation of the democratic process.

Mayor Murray has always stood for the environment, but he now has a once in a lifetime chance to stand up for all the people of the world, and put his lawyers and police force between Shell’s oil rig and the vast, fragile Arctic. Our fate depends on what he does next — let’s give him the massive support that he deserves to do the right thing. Click below to sign now: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/shell_drilling_loc/?bcAcrjb&v=58482

This is not just about protecting polar bears and other magnificent Arctic species. This is about drawing a red line around drilling in one of the earth’s last untouched places, and bringing all of our hope and determination to back the one man who can stop Shell, right now. Let’s show polluters everywhere that we will stand up and together to set a course for 100% clean energy.  

With hope, 

David, Mais, Nataliya, Iain, Alice, Fatima and the whole Avaaz team 

SIGN NOW

Sources:

Shell to resume Arctic drilling off Alaska as green groups warn of disaster (The Guardian)

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/11/shell-arctic-drilling-alaska-oil-gas

U.S. Will Allow Drilling for Oil in Arctic Ocean (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/us/white-house-gives-conditional-approval-for-shell-to-drill-in-arctic.html

Frozen Future: Shell’s ongoing gamble in the US Arctic (Report, Oil Change International)

http://priceofoil.org/content/uploads/2014/02/Frozen-Future.pdf

Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges (The Guardian)

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/07/much-worlds-fossil-fuel-reserve-must-stay-buried-prevent-climate-change-study-says 

Mayor: Port needs new permit to host Shell oil-drilling fleet (The Seattle Times)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/mayor-port-needs-new-permit-to-host-oil-drilling-fleet/ 

Raising Paddles in Seattle to Ward Off an Oil Giant (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/us/grabbing-paddles-in-seattle-to-ward-off-an-oil-giant.html?

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Shell tests contract labourers for drugs, sends home 69

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May 15, 2015

Oil giant Shell has sent home 69 people working at its Moerdijk chemical plant after they failed drugs tests, Dutch media reports on Friday.

According to the Financieele Dagblad, 31 workers tested positive after being identified by sniffer dogs and 38 workers were sent home after a second round. Thousands of extra workers are involved in rebuilding the Moerdijk plant after last year’s major fire.

Shell told the FD it carried out the drugs tests to be sure that safety standards were being met. Workers were not tested for alcohol, the FD says. read more

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