City Council urges Port of Seattle to reconsider lease agreement with Shell

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SEATTLE — The City Council voted unanimously Monday in favor of a resolution urging the Port of Seattle to reconsider its lease agreement allowing Shell to park its Arctic oil drilling rigs here.

Opposition in Seattle grows as Shell’s Exploration fleet creeps closer to the city with its massive, 30-story high Arctic oil drilling rigs.

Mark Hennon is one of those opposing Shell coming to the ports.

"What that amounts to is a 300 -foot finger flipped at Seattle, flipped at the state, flipped at every thinking environmental person in the world," Hennon said.

But some argue the agreement between the Port of Seattle, Foss Maritime and Shell keeps jobs afloat.

Paul Queary, a spokesman for Foss, said, "If we don’t do that here, those jobs are going to go somewhere else and the jobs and economic benefit will flow to some other port city other than Seattle."

Opponents of the agreement say these jobs are not the kind of jobs Seattle wants.

The Port of Seattle Commission is to meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday to address the issue.

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  • dg54321

    “What that amounts to is a 300 foot finger flipped at Seattle, flipped at the state, flipped at every thinking environmental person in the world.”

    Too bad the finger wasn’t bigger. You idiots deserve it.

  • Michael J Vanderhoof

    From what I have seen in the comment section of various news sites, and talking to people personally, it has become very apparent that the MAJORITY of people are ok with Shell’s oil rigs coming here for maintenance, and the MINORITY are the ones who are against this.

    So, now it appears that the Seattle city council is representing the MINORITY of citizens. the MAJORITY of citizens in Seattle need to WAKE UP and put and end to this crap. Recall votes, votes of no confidence, etc. whatever need to happen. They don’t represent the MAJORITY of Seattle citizens, and it should be apparent by now. WAKE UP SEATTLE AND FIX THIS!

  • Wallus

    Let me guess, Harrell called it “idiotic”, Sawant screamed about corporations before going home to her Microsoft husband on the Eastside, and the others “stood in solidarity” with the protesters.

  • Therealist

    Our corrupt city council is trying to destroy our maritime industry while their palms are being greased by companies like amazon and microsoft. The port of Seattle and our double-dealing mayor should be reprimanded by the governor or president for the massive mistakes that are to blame for all the money that is being lost because they dropped the ball at pier 5.
    These std-infested vagrant hippies have done too many drugs to even know what they stand for! If they had a job or took care of their families they wouldn’t have the time to make such a big deal about something so essential to everyone. Meanwhile they are the ones to cheap to fix their oil-dripping kias and gas guzzling, polluting vw vans, disregard traffic and bike safety laws, and trash everything because they have built a life with no value whatsoever.

  • Matt_ecocars

    It is time to change, and all stop this burning of fossil fuels on our planet. The release of CO2 to our atmosphere from the burning of oil including vehicle fuels is causing global warming. We are now in an age where we can charge an electric car that are available at for Free using a handy nuclear fusion reactor called the Sun. Come on people let’s start thinking about this, look at the technology we use every day. Why do we drive around using combustion engines developed over 100 years ago?

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