LIVE: ‘Kayaktivists’ take to water to block Polar Pioneer as oil platform leaves port, arrests made

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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.

WATCH LIVE: A Greenpeace sponsored live stream of the protest from the water. 

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  • Magnus

    Blockading? Isn’t this turning into a form of harassment for Shell? By forming this blockade, how many other businesses are being impacted?

  • Randy C.

    The hypocrites are at it again! Running around protesting an oil rig while they are the reason it’s here in the first place. How many of them are driving cars that are fueled by the products of this machine? You have no right to protest against an object with your front side while funding the object with your backside! Drive electric cars and make the whole damn thing go away.

  • d_2

    If you’re not floating out in one of these: You’re a complete hypocrite! Hey, even a local company… Then when complete, they’ll stack them on a trailer pulled by a full-size Ford Van with a gas guzzling V10. Hell… my Diesel burns cleaner and gets better gas mileage than that POS.

  • "peety"

    remember when pro slavery groups called the anti slavery groups ‘hypocrites” for wearing cotton? Being against Arctic drilling and owning a Kayak does not make you a hypocrite unless you get your news from Glenn Beck

  • Franklin " Dozer" S.

    Ya, lets all get out a protest in our plastic kayaks and canoes… oh wait, are those things not made of oil? Can we spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E, boys and girls? If you’re going to protest something, at least don’t use something made of it; unless, everyone uses say, ‘thrown away water bottles’ that are built into said boats or rafts. Then people might start paying attention to your childish fits.

          • d_2

            I know buddy… while not referring to the combustion engine on their oil based kayak; there is one in their transport vehicle. C’mon man, I know ignorance is bliss, but man up and recognize the facts. (I don’t expect you to do so however)

  • karma

    LOL the feeble protest with oil based boats oil burning transport drinking processed water in an oil based container and wearing clothing made oil byproducts.
    Meanwhile a protest with ZERO effect on the oil rig and the maintenance performed on it. I thank these morons on the water for boosting the security and creating more
    jobs with USCG, Port police, Seattle traffic control, Seattle Marine division and Tug Support and its not just the guys on the ground doing the work there’s planning sessions
    and logistics involved with each.
    Not to mention all the overtime work that the repair crews (welders, electricians, ship workers ect) More money for LOCALS to buy goods and services and I’ll bet some of the
    morons on the water own or sell something in the local area. So protest all you want and thanks for the laughs.

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