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Shell-Seattle feud takes new turn

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By Devin Henry – 05/28/15 10:26 AM EDT


The federal government approved Shell’s plan to drill for oil and natural gas in the Arctic north of Alaska on May 11. Shell signed a deal with a Seattle company to use the port as home base for its drilling fleet, but local officials have tried to stop that from happening.

Last week, the state’s Department of Natural Resources sent Shell a letter telling them that mooring their drilling fleet in the port might violate the state’s constitution, according to the Post-Intelligencer.

Earlier this month, the Seattle city government ruled that the port didn’t have the permits needed to host the fleet. The Port of Seattle and the company hosting Shell have appealed the decision, and a host of environmental groups protesting Shell’s use of the port have lined up to back the city.

One of Shell’s two arctic rigs is already docked at the port, and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker toured it on Wednesday. A second rig could come to Seattle soon before Shell embarks for the Arctic. 

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