Woman Chains Herself to Shell Ship in Protest

The US coast guard said on Saturday it had no plans to remove a woman who chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans. The activist attached herself to the ship anchored in Bellingham Bay, north of Seattle, on Friday evening. Petty officer third class Katelyn Shearer said on Saturday morning that the coast guard cutter Osprey spent the night monitoring the protester but took no action. Shearer said authorities were concerned for the woman’s safety and the safety of everyone involved. She said they spoke with the woman and asked her to remove herself. They had no plans to do anything further. The ship was not scheduled to leave the port for several days.