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AP: Anti-Arctic Drilling Kayaktivists Hold ‘Shell No’ Protest

Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com via AP

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MAY 16, 2015, 4:28 P.M. E.D.T.
By Martha Bellisle

SEATTLE — Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean.

The “Paddle in Seattle” — a daylong, family friendly festival in a West Seattle park and an on-the-water protest by “Shell No” kayaktivists — was held only blocks from where Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5. The brightly colored boats lined the grass as paddlers loaded gear while lights on the towering rig twinkled in the background.

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At the center of the paddle protest was the “People’s Platform,” a 4,000-square-foot barge powered by renewable energy, said Jonathon Berman with the Sierra Club. The platform was used as a stage for speakers, a band and a tall screen that showed images of people expressing their opposition to Shell’s plans.

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Read Martha Bellisle’s full article at the Associated Press

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