Sleepless in Seattle: Shell readies for Arctic drilling

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An activist of Greenpeace, wearing a polar bear costume, demonstrates against oil drilling in the Arctic in front of Shell petrol station in Hamburg, Germany, July 14, 2012.

Shell has a tight timeline to prepare its fleet for exploratory oil drilling this summer in Alaska, so it is sticking to plans to park its drilling fleet on Seattle’s waterfront


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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