6 protesting Shell’s Arctic oil drilling arrested in Seattle, including ‘granny’ activists

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SEATTLE (AP) —An activist protesting Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean were arrested Tuesday for trespassing at a Port of Seattle Commission meeting.

Port spokesman Peter McGraw says the meeting was adjourned Tuesday afternoon when protesters began disrupting it, and one person was arrested for trespassing.

Earlier in the day, police arrested five activists who had chained themselves together in rocking chairs and blocked train tracks outside the seaport terminal where Royal Dutch Shell's drill rig is parked.

Five people protesting Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean have been arrested after blocking entrances to the Seattle port where its oil rig is parked.

Seattle police arrested five members of a group called the Seattle Raging Grannies who had chained themselves together in rocking chairs.

Officers say they were arrested for blocking train tracks outside Terminal 5.

The activists said they hoped to disrupt work at the port and the 400-foot long oil rig, docked in Seattle for the summer before it moves into the arctic for exploratory drilling.

Police officers said they were arrested for blocking train tracks outside Terminal 5. The group was taken to the West Seattle precinct.

Meanwhile, other protesters took to their telephones to engage in an "electronic blockade" of local businesses supporting the Shell oil company.

Businesses targeted included the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19, Jones Stevedoring, Carlile Trucking, Incident Catering Services and Foss Maritime Co.

Tuesday marks five straight days of protests at the port.

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10 comments

  • dg54321

    Good, arrest anybody impeding traffic and the business at the port. Protest all you want, it’s your right….not your right to endanger others, block traffic or try to shut down business.

    These idiots don’t even know what they’re protesting, they just show up to every stupid thing they can because they have no life and don’t work.

    • Mike Thurman

      Spot on. Media here in Seattle encourages this unruly, disruptive behavior by labeling them as “activists”. “The activists said they hoped to disrupt work”…I live and work in downtown Seattle and these “activists” disrupt our daily lives more and more often as the media encourages their antics. They continue toward no real end just because it makes them feel good about themselves. Their actions are selfish and self-centered. These “activists” come in all political flavors (conservative, liberal, green, LGBT, gun rights, just pick one). Their common trait is that they feel self-important and have no respect for others, they are dissatisfied and rebellious. They would more accurately be labeled “malcontents”.

    • TD

      Green Peace is actually paying these people to protest, so they really don’t care about what they are protesting as long as they get their money. They are breaking the law by sitting on the train tracks and should be fined by the Railroad like any other person would be.

      They have destroyed a natural octopus habitat when they anchored that solar barge (which was brought by a large boat using gallons of fuel) Green Peace and these protestors are the BIG LIE and the City of Seattle is falling for this LIE. It’s disheartening to see this City and our elected Official act like idiots, no wonder why we are losing Jobs and Business.

      Wise up Seattle, stop glorifying these people who are breaking the laws, arrest and fine them just as you would any other person.

  • "peety"

    great jobs Grannies! Keep this in the news, they will never come back!

    I wonder how much the extra security is costing the Port. Will they make ANY money off this fiasco?

    • tootietuttle

      we will end up paying for this in the end, but you liberals don’t really think about that. Sadly, these protesters will still get their welfare checks, and their 15 seconds of fame. I have to go fill my suv at shell now.

  • Jeffrey

    Shell and the police officers should have told the protesters work will not stop because you’re stupid. The police should have given the truck driver permission to continue working and run the idiots over, it sucks to be them. You can’t stop a 50 ton truck running on diesel.