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Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 14 2015 May 14, 2015 May 14, 2015 4:57 PM May 14, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

SEATTLE - A 400-foot-long Arctic oil drilling rig pulled by tugs has arrived in Seattle waters despite environmentalists' protests and the city's opposition to letting it dock here.

The Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived in Seattle waters Thursday afternoon and was headed to Terminal 5.

The Polar Pioneer is one of two drilling rigs that Royal Dutch Shell plans to park in Seattle until drilling season in the Arctic begins in the summer.

Shell's plans created a showdown not just with environmentalists but also with the city of Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray says a new permit is needed for the rigs to dock at Terminal 5, but Shell says current permits are sufficient.

IMAGE: Twitter / Ryan Macklin

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