Six Detained During Protest to Block Shell Drilling Rig

Authorities said that six women were detained by Seattle police on Tuesday during a protest to block access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig that activists believe may depart this week to resume fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic. Police spokesman Patrick Michaud said that the six, members of an activist group known as the Seattle Raging Grannies, were questioned and released by police after blocking railroad tracks near the Port of Seattle. He added that about two dozen other protesters had left the port but were expected back on Wednesday. Over the past month, activists have staged frequent demonstrations against Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, including one on 16 May, when hundreds of protesters in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay.