LIVE: ‘Kayaktivists’ take to water to block Polar Pioneer as oil platform leaves port, arrests made
SEATTLE – Anti-Shell Oil activists took to the waters of Elliott Bay Monday morning, to try and blockade the “Polar Pioneer” rig platform as it moved from Elliott Bay.
Thirteen protesters got into kayaks and headed toward the oil rig that’s been at Terminal 5 on Harbor Island, according to a press release from Greenpeace.
“The activists have secured themselves in place with enough supplies to last for hours while additional protests take place on shore,” Greenpeace said.
Seattle Police and US Coast Guard are monitoring the situation. By 7:10 a.m., at least 10 activists had been detained by the U.S. Coast Guard.
This is a developing story and will be updated in our live blog below.
It appears that the kayaktivists are being approached by police right now>>> https://www.periscope.tv/w/aE7DUzk0NTI5N3wyMzUwNzI1MCjvj9OqlKmC3A7As9PiubeENT7ThoIes41UxTJmFNbs
We’re hearing chatter that Councilmember Mike O’Brien is out with the protesters. This is not confirmed.
Here’s the Greenpeace Press Release on the story — SEATTLE, WA, June 15, 2015— Thirteen activists in kayaks have blockaded Shell’s Arctic drilling rig the Polar Pioneer as it attempted to leave Seattle’s Puget Sound. The Greenpeace activists have secured themselves in place with enough supplies to last for hours while additional protests take place on shore. Shell plans to use the Polar Pioneer to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic in less than two weeks.
Greenpeace representatives say a “rough estimate” of 12 people have been arrested.
We’re hearing that the activists are taking “one last shot” to block the rig, heading within 500 yards of the Polar Pioneer. Watch it live here — https://www.periscope.tv/w/aE7DUzk0NTI5N3wyMzUwNzI1MCjvj9OqlKmC3A7As9PiubeENT7ThoIes41UxTJmFNbs
“Mom if you’re watching, I love you,” activists.
The activists in charge of the Greenpeace Live Feed has been detained by police. Watch live here — https://www.periscope.tv/w/aE7DUzk0NTI5N3wyMzUwNzI1MCjvj9OqlKmC3A7As9PiubeENT7ThoIes41UxTJmFNbs
That is a Greenpeace stream.
We are hearing there have been 10 arrests by the U.S. Coastguard, including Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien.
An activist is live streaming after being detained — https://www.periscope.tv/w/aE7DUzk0NTI5N3wyMzUwNzI1MCjvj9OqlKmC3A7As9PiubeENT7ThoIes41UxTJmFNbs
“There’s probably a dozen kayaks still in the water,” heard from the U.S. Coast Guard on the Greenpeace Live Stream.
According to one #ShellNo protester, at least 8 activists have been “detained” by the U.S. Coast Guard.
More from a GreenPeace press release —
Annie Leonard, the Executive Director of Greenpeace US, said,“Shell wants to haul its 40,000 ton Arctic destroyer to Alaska as soon as possible, but these courageous individuals are saying, ‘Shell No.’ Every minute that brave protesters can delay Shell’s Arctic drilling plans is another chance for President Obama to reconsider his disastrous approval of oil drilling in Alaska. The President’s decision on Arctic drilling will be a dealbreaker for his climate legacy, but it’s not too late for him to stop this catastrophe before it starts.”
In April, six activists intercepted the same oil rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 750 miles north-west of Hawaii and scaled the 40,000 ton platform, occupying the rig for nearly a week. Since then, there has been a broad movement in Seattle and beyond to stop Shell’s rigs from leaving for the Arctic, including a protest of several thousand people, 500 on kayaks.
Paloma Henriques, one of the kayaktivists in the blockade, said: “I’m just one voice out here, but I know I’m not alone. I believe that confronting Shell will encourage more people to take a strong stand against them and other companies who are seeking to destroy this planet for profit. We are here to send a message to President Obama that it’s not too late to stop Shell from destroying the Arctic.”
In May, the Obama administration approved Shell’s plan to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea in the Alaskan Arctic. Since that approval, both Shell’s rigs, the Polar Pioneer and the Noble Discoverer have failed routine inspections.
The Noble Discoverer is one of the oldest drill ships in the world. In December 2014, Noble Drilling, one of Shell’s biggest Arctic sub-contractors and owner of the Noble Discoverer, pleaded guilty to eight felonies related to Shell’s failed attempts to drill in the Arctic Ocean in 2012.
“We are grateful and stand with the protesters in Seattle who are determined to stop Arctic Drilling before it starts. Shell’s Arctic venture is seriously reckless. This company has no capability to address an oil spill in unpredictable ice conditions and has proven in previous attempts that they are not equipped for the harsh and volatile conditions of the Chukchi Sea,” said Faith Gemmill, Executive Director of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands.
“The future of the Inupiat way of life is on the table, how can this company be so callous with their decisions? Not only is Shell’s plans risky, but also detrimental to all Alaska Natives that share the burden of current climate chaos,” Gemmill said. “We stand with those that want to protect their Inupiat ancestral way of life, and we will continue to support them facing down this giant, we call on all those of conscience to raise their voice in opposition to this insane venture now”
In an environmental analysis, the Obama administration predicts 75 percent chance of a major oil spill if Shell develops its leases in the Chukchi Sea.
We’re going to archive this live blog, as it appears most of the protesters have been detained. Head to this story for more information>>> http://q13fox.com/2015/06/15/kayaktivists-take-to-water-to-try-and-blockade-shell-oil-platform/