Royal Dutch Shell Continues Drilling Project despite Protests

Published By : 19 May 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Neither a notice of permit violation from the city nor a protest conducted by hundreds of demonstrators will stop Royal Dutch Shell’s use of a seaport terminal in Seattle as it gets ready for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, said spokesmen on Tuesday.

The permit violation notice was issued on Monday by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development and stated that the use of Terminal 5 by a huge floating drill rig was violating the permitted use of the site as a cargo terminal. The Polar Pioneer, all of 400 feet tall, and the supporting tug Aiviq must be removed from the terminal, the notice said. If not this, the city indicated, Shell’s host – Foss Maritime will need to obtain a proper permit.

Possible fines begin from US$150 per day and can exceed up to US$500 per day. The violation needs to be corrected by June 4, the notice said. The companies in question can either appeal or request an extension. 

Spokesperson of Shell Curtis Smith said that as per their opinion, the terms agreed upon by Foss, Shell, and the Port of Seattle regarding the use of Terminal 5 were valid. Keeping this in mind, the company intends on continuing the loading-out of their drilling rigs in order to prepare for the exploratory drilling offshore Alaska. 

Paul Queary, spokesman of Foss Maritime, stated that Terminal 5 has been permitted to tie up ships while activities of loading and unloading are being carried out. And this is exactly what Foss has been doing at the terminal.

On Monday hundreds of protestors spent many hours blocking the entrances to Terminal 5 where Foss will be loading the rig before leaving for the waters off Alaska later this summer. 
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