Billions of dollars of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, this week. The port is around 2,000 miles northwest of Seattle, where environmental activists protested the company’s arctic drilling plans last month.
The response is different in the remote port community of about 4,500.
Dutch Harbor is a busy place this time of year.
“The flights are all full, the hotel is full, vehicles - trucks for rent – companies that rent vehicles - they’re all rented,” says Shirley Marquardt.