Kayakers prepare to meet Shell's oil drill rig in Seattle

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SEATTLE (AP) — Protesters opposed to Arctic oil drilling are preparing to paddle out in kayaks to meet Shell's massive offshore drilling rig as it arrives any day now in Seattle.

The action will raise the stakes in the battle over oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean.

The petroleum giant says it is moving ahead with plans to use leased space at the Port of Seattle to load its drilling rigs and other vessels with supplies and personnel as it prepares to explore for oil this summer in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast.

That's despite the city saying the Port of Seattle needs a new permit.

One of the drill rigs it plans to use has been parked at Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula, and is expected in Seattle this week.