Hundreds Protest Shell's Arctic Oil Exploration Rig

At least 200 Seattle environmental protesters blocked the entrance to a terminal in Seattle’s port on Monday where a massive Royal Dutch Shell drill rig is temporarily resting on its way to explore for oil in Alaska this summer. The 400ft long, 355ft tall Shell rig, named Polar Pioneer, has witnessed at least three staged environmental protests since it arrived since it arrived in the port of Seattle on Thursday afternoon. A port of Seattle spokesman, Peter McGraw, said people were working out of Terminal 5, but another port terminal, 18, had shut down its operations ahead of the planned demonstration. Many across different environmental and non-environmental groups in Seattle’s notoriously progressive community have mobilized around the issue of Arctic drilling and climate change in recent months, with Seattle’s mayor openly opposing Shell’s presence in the port.