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A Shell Oil icebreaker heading for Port Angeles gained a passenger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday. A French sailor dove onto the icebreaker in 20-foot seas yesterday after his sailboat lost its rudder. He made the desperate jump--with his cat--about 350 miles southeast of Alaska's Dutch Harbor. 

Coast Guard video of the rescue shows the 30-foot sailboat bobbing like a cork next to the 270-foot Tor Viking II. The Frenchman clings like a koala to the rigging at the bow of his boat.

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Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer rig left Alaska's Dutch Harbor for Port Angeles, Washington, on Wednesday. The energy giant's other Arctic rig, the Noble Discoverer, left Alaska for Everett on Monday. 

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Shell's Arctic oil rigs have left the Arctic. The two rigs pulled into Unalaska's Dutch Harbor on Sunday, more than a thousand miles south of the company's drilling site in the Chukchi Sea. They're now headed for Washington state.

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Protesters who dangled from the St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland drew a lot of attention toward Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

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Law enforcement and firefighters have begun removing demonstrators who spent two straight days dangling from a bridge or paddling kayaks to blockade a Shell Oil icebreaker bound for the Arctic.

Oregon Public Broadcasting News reporter Amelia Templeton described the scene Thursday afternoon around the Willamette River's St. Johns Bridge — which is downriver from where the icebreaker Fennica was docked.

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A federal judge has found Greenpeace in contempt for blocking the path of an Arctic drilling vessel trying to make its way from Portland, Oregon, to Alaska.

Protesters Block Shell Icebreaker From Leaving Portland

Jul 30, 2015
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A Shell icebreaking vessel headed to an oil drilling site in the Arctic attempted to leave Portland Thursday. But the ship turned around when it reached a blockade of protesters.

Greenpeace Protesters Dangle From Portland Bridge

Jul 29, 2015
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Greenpeace activists are hanging from the St John’s Bridge in Portland. They’re attempting to block passage of an Ice Breaker ship chartered by the Shell Oil Company. 

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Shell Oil rejects Washington state officials' position that parking an Arctic oil rig at the Port of Seattle violates the state constitution.

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 Hundreds of demonstrators are gathering near Terminal 5 along the Seattle waterfront.

They're protesting Shell Oil's decision to use the port to base an arctic drilling rig.

Edmonds Community College student, Kendra Potoshnik is among the demonstrators this morning.

She says protestors want to make sure that Shell's drilling rigs never make it to the arctic.

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Seattle City Council members heard testimony on a resolution today.

The resolution urges the Port of Seattle to reconsider its controversial decision to host Shell Oil’s arctic drill rigs.

The resolution warns that allowing Shell to use Terminal 5 in West Seattle will cause: “disruption, division and direct conflict with the Port’s stated values and policies.”

At the hearing, environmentalists made their opposition to the Shell lease known. But others who testified felt differently.

Joshua Berger represents the Washington Maritime Federation.

Shell Oil Rig Arrives In Puget Sound

Apr 17, 2015
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A 400 foot tall oil rig has arrived in Port Angeles. Shell Oil plans to use the Polar Pioneer to drill this summer, off Alaska’s North Slope. Environmentalists oppose the exploration - many were in Port Angeles Friday for what they called an "unwelcoming". 

Among them, Michael Bittner. He said the arrival of the Polar Pioneer felt like an invasion.

"To have something come into our region that has already been said to pose a catastrophic risk to the Arctic and global climate is really devastating to see here," Bittner said.

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The Port of Seattle will host Shell Oil’s arctic drilling fleet. That includes ships and drilling rigs. The Port signed a lease earlier this month that has caused a stir among some citizens and elected officials, who say the lease goes against the Port and city’s commitment to green leadership.

The room was packed when a group of graying ladies who call themselves “the raging grannies” took the microphone to sing their testimony.

Shell Oil had to postpone its Arctic drilling for a full year after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter. But Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continue in Puget Sound. The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators last month in the waters off Anacortes, Washington. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

Shell Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling

Feb 28, 2013
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Shell Oil has put Arctic drilling on hold. The company announced Wednesday that it will not attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. The announcement comes after a year of accidents and setbacks for Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts. KUOW’s John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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The Obama Administration announced a sweeping inquiry into Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling program yesterday. The 60-day probe will look at the company’s mishaps in Alaska and here in Puget Sound. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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A shipwrecked oil rig that was bound for Seattle has been floated off the rocks and towed to a safe harbor in the Gulf of Alaska. A fleet of nine ships accompanied Shell Oil’s Kulluk drill rig on the 45-mile tow.

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Oil-spill equipment designed to support drilling in the Arctic Ocean was damaged badly in its first field test this fall in Puget Sound near Anacortes. A public radio investigation revealed just how badly. Now a top Congressman is seeking answers, too. Seattle correspondent John Ryan reports.