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Shell Oil quietly bases Arctic ops in Seattle

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– “Port of Seattle quietly signs homeport lease for Shells Arctic drilling fleet”
“The Port of Seattle has quietly inked a two-year lease under which Shell Oil will use Terminal 5 on the Seattle waterfront as the base for its efforts to drill in Arctic waters of Alaskas Chukchi Sea.

With rapid authorization, negotiation and signing of the lease reminiscent of how decisions on the waterfront used to be greased the port has secured a $13.17 million deal and forestalled efforts by the regions environmental groups to stop it,” by By Joel Connelly, Seattle P-I.
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– “Watch out, Arctic: Shell is coming for you again”
“Even as Shell is talking a good talk about climate change, it is pushing ahead with plans to drill in the Alaskan Arctic as early as this summer. The company suspended operations there in 2012 after a series of minor disasters. Its contractor was hit with eight felony counts and fined $12 million late last year.

But now Shell is moving forward again, with what looks like a newly reaffirmed go-ahead from the Department of the Interior (DOI). One clear sign of its intent: The company has leased a port on the Seattle waterfront where it can base its Arctic operations,” by John Light, Grist.
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– UPDATE: February 25, 2015
“Why the Environmental Battle at the Port of Seattle Matters Everywhere”
By Emily Johnston, Truthout.
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Posted by Steve on February 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

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