USA: See Greenpeace activists board Shell Polar Pioneer drilling rig

Six Greenpeace activists boarded the Shell Polar Pioneer drilling rig as it was being transported towards Seattle Monday, in protest against offshore drilling in the Arctic. The protesters, who arrived in inflatable boats, used ropes and harnesses to climb aboard the 120-metre-high (394 feet) platform, posting images on Twitter as they operated. The environmental activists boarded the rig about 1,200 km (746 miles) northwest of Hawaii as it was being transported across the Pacific Ocean towards Seattle where it will be prepared for deployment in Arctic waters. The protesters have set up camp aboard the rig, Greenpeace says. Activists unfurled a banner reading "The people vs Shell" in protest against Shell's plans to drill after U.S. authorities gave them permission to search for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea, which lies between northern Alaska and Russia.

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