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Occupy Shell: Greenpeace Climbers Scale Arctic-Bound Oil Rig

On April 6th, 2015, six Greenpeace climbers intercepted a Shell oil rig bound for the arctic. The team scaled the 38,000 tonne platform, and plan to Occupy Shell by camping on the oil rig for days, all while live tweeting the experience.

The activists actions’ are underscored by urgency: last week, the United States Department of Interior approved Shell’s drilling lease for the Chukchi Sea in the Alaskan Arctic, meaning that in 100 days, Shell could begin drilling in the Alaskan Arctic.

The six activists come from the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and Austria:

Shell’s Arctic drilling platforms and fleet of support ships are bound for the port of Seattle Washington where they will undergo maintenance and repairs before heading up to the Chukchi Sea in Alaska for the short summer drilling season.

Shell has received a very chilly reception in Seattle. Massive protests are expected while their drilling rigs are in the Puget Sound. Learn more about the Seattle actions here: MosquitoFleet.US

The climbers have already started live-tweeting the experience, and will continue doing so for several days as they continue to Occupy the oil rig. Follow their ongoing efforts at the hashtag #TheCrossing.