Shell brought its enormous Polar Pioneer drilling rig into Seattle’s port on Thursday — and Seattle is not happy about it.
The oil giant intends to use the city as a staging ground for its drilling operations off the northwest coast of Alaska this summer. If the company’s disastrous Arctic drilling attempts of 2012 are any indication, we can expect a big, fat mess. Even if Shell somehow manages not to spill huge quantities of oil in the rough, icy waters of the Chukchi Sea, then that oil will just get burned, worsening the climate crisis.
Shell is coming to town over strong objections from the mayor, the entire city council, and many of Seattle’s famously liberal residents. Even the city’s port commissioners, who originally gave the OK for Shell to use the port as a base, voted on Tuesday to ask the company to delay the rig’s arrival until questions about permits could…
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