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Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrives in Seattle, greeted by foes in kayaks
Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrives in Seattle, greeted by foes in kayaks

The mayor made a late play to stop it, citing permit violations. The port commission, under pressure from the city and the public, politely asked for a delay. A City Council member put his paddle where his politics are, joining a few dozen other “kayaktivists” who decided to meet the beast at sea. But permits and paddlers were no match for the Polar Pioneer, the giant yellow drilling rig that Royal Dutch Shell intends to make a regular resident here as part of its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Escorted by tugboats, police boats and the Coast Guard, the rig made its way through Puget Sound on a sunwashed Thursday afternoon and settled into its newest home, Terminal...

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