Activists Force Shell’s Hand As Fennica Returns To Port
Portland, OR –(ENEWSPF)–July 30, 2015. Early this morning, Shell Oil’s icebreaker Fennica attempted to depart Portland on its way to the Arctic so Shell could begin risky drilling this summer. Due to the brave actions by 13 Greenpeace activists suspended from the St Johns Bridge and the dozens of ‘kayaktivists’ in the water, the Fennica was unable to leave.
Shell received conditional approval last week from the Obama administration, however, federal permits require the Fennica’s presence in the Arctic before oil drilling can commence.
In response, Dan Ritzman, Director of Sierra Club’s Arctic campaign released the following statement:
“These brave activists have done what hundreds of thousands of Americans have called on President Obama to do: stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic.
“The actions taken by those suspended from the bridge and paddling in the water are just the beginning of the ‘Shell No’ movement. We expect more reckless attempts by Shell to persist with their risky drilling plans, even as the effects of climate change are already felt throughout the Arctic. The region must remain untouched from the dangers of drilling. That’s why there are 13 protesters suspended from the St Johns Bridge and dozens of ‘kayaktivists’ in the water, and it’s why over 1,500 people gathered last night to declare that they stand with them.
“President Obama must listen to science, common sense, and the American people and say ‘Shell No’ to drilling in the Arctic.”