Royal Dutch Shell is moving ahead with plans to park two Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle amidst a showdown between environmentalists and oil exploration advocates over tapping reserves in the remote Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s coast.

A Shell spokesman said on May 12 it has a valid lease to use about 50 acres of terminal space on Seattle’s waterfront and a tight timeline to prepare its fleet for exploratory oil drilling this summer in the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska, so it is sticking to...

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