Please join us at Portland’s Swan Island Saturday afternoon to oppose Shell Oil’s destructive Arctic drilling operations. We will launch a kayak “floatilla” protest with the expected arrival of the Shell fleet’s damaged icebreaker, the Fennica, earlier in the day.
When: 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. The flotilla of kayaks and other boats will launch at 4 p.m.
This is a legal action and family-friendly event sponsored by Climate Action Coalition, 350PDX and Portland Rising Tide.
Connect with us to get real time information about the Fennica’s arrival and actions:
- Join the rapid response network. Text @sHellNOPDX to 23559 to join the rapid response network and receive text updates on actions
- Follow our Twitter feed at #PDXvsShell, #Floodthesystem and #ShellNo.
- PDX vs. Shell Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1453431924963924/
The Fennica is arriving in Portland from Alaska for repairs to a damaged hull. It is scheduled to return to the Arctic in a few days where it will act as the ice-breaking ship for Shell oil drilling rigs and its support fleet, allowing Shell to commence delayed drilling operations off the Alaska coast.
Carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are warming the Arctic faster than the rest of the globe, and the Arctic Ocean is rapidly becoming ice-free. The International Energy Agency warns that over two-thirds of all proven fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground by 2050 to avert catastrophic climate disruption. In January, the journal Nature reported that to maintain even a 50% chance of avoiding catastrophic global warming (beyond 2°C), there can be no drilling for Arctic oil. Nevertheless, Shell Oil is now exploring for even more oil in the Arctic with the permission of President Obama.
In a newly released study NASA’s former top climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, says that with a 2°C temperature increase sea levels could rise at least 10 feet as soon as the middle years of this century, inundating coastal cities and even reaching inland cities such as Portland. With 10 feet of sea level rise, the dry dock where the Fennica is scheduled to be repaired would ironically be underwater.
This drilling also poses huge risks for local marine ecosystems The Arctic is a vital breeding and feeding ground for marine life, and home to numerous indigenous peoples who rely on a healthy marine environment for their survival. Offshore Arctic oil operations pose a 75 percent chance of a spill in the Arctic, the Department of the Interior calculates. The best expert opinion is that a spill would be virtually impossible to clean up.