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LA Times Editorial: Drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea isn’t worth the risk

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A polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. The U.S. Interior Department has said updated scientific models don’t bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only state in the nation with the white bears. (Brian Battaile / Associated Press)

By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD: 29 July 2015

The Obama administration is being at least somewhat more cautious this time around in allowing Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. The company must keep its drills from reaching the oil reserves until it has the equipment in place that can shut down a well in case of a spill. It may not drill in two places within 15 miles of each other because of the potential disruption to walrus habitat. The company has worked hard to convince Interior Department officials that it has overcome the sloppiness that led to a series of mishaps during its first attempt in 2012, including the grounding of its drilling rig. read more

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Activists hang off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker from returning to Alaska

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Steven Dubois | Associated Press: July 29, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Environmental activists rappelled off Portland’s tallest bridge early Wednesday in an effort to stop a Shell Oil Arctic icebreaker from leaving the city.

Thirteen protesters dangled from the St. Johns Bridge while another 13 remained on the bridge as lookouts. Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard said the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass. read more

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Greenpeace Suspends Climbers off Portland Bridge to Block Shell’s Arctic Icebreaker Ship

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Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 19.21.11BY ZOË SCHLANGER 7/29/15

Early Wednesday morning, 26 climbers affiliated with the environmental group Greenpeace rappelled off the edge of St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and suspended themselves in a row, forming what they hope will be a human blockade to prevent a Shell ship from leaving for the Arctic. They each have enough supplies to last for days, a Greenpeace spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Photos from the scene showed the climbers suspended on ropes high over the Willamette River at dawn. Some appear to have hammock chairs. read more

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Protesters in Portland dangle from bridge in a bid to block Shell icebreaker

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Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 08.34.47In Portland, environmental activists test out a new tactic: Climbers have rappelled off a bridge to block a Shell icebreaker.

By Evan Bush and Hal BerntonJuly 29, 2015 

Trying to delay Shell’s Arctic ice-breaking ship in Portland, 13 protesters are dangling from the St. Johns Bridge, which spans the Willamette River.

The protesters rappelled from the bridge at about 2:30 a.m. as a group of about 50 kayakers looked on, said Michael Foster, a kayaker from Seattle and veteran of earlier protests against Shell that took place in Washington state. Foster said the protesters are now suspended in hammocks and bivouacs, the same gear as would be used for rock climbing. The dangling activists have enough for two days and plan to re-supply, Foster said. read more

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Greenpeace again stands in Shell’s way to arctic

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Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 22.51.53Activists hang under the St Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, in an attempt to block the Shell-leased icebreaker MSV Fennica. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Greenpeace

PORTLAND, Ore., July 29 (UPI) — Greenpeace said Wednesday several of its activists have suspended themselves from an Oregon bridge using climbing gear in a protest against Royal Dutch Shell.

“The next big step in the fight to save the Arctic is happening right now,” the campaign group said in a statement. “Greenpeace U.S. activists have suspended themselves from St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon to block a Shell Oil vessel from leaving port for Alaskan waters.” read more

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Activists hang from bridge in Portland to block Shell’s Arctic vessel

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Greenpeace climbers plan to spend days hanging from the bridge in Portland, Oregon in an attempt to hinder Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans read more

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Oregon ‘kayaktivists’ to protest Shell Arctic oil search

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PORTLAND, ORE., JULY 28 | BY SHELBY SEBENS

Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday’s scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration.

Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell’s planned oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, the Portland “kayaktivists” said they would conduct a vigil overnight on the Willamette River, which runs through downtown Portland. read more

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