- Shell abandons Alaska Arctic drilling (The Guardian)
- Shell stops Arctic activity after ‘disappointing’ tests – BBC News
- Shell says it will end Alaska offshore Arctic drilling (USA TODAY)
- Shell pulls the plug on Arctic exploration | Reuters
- Shell to Cease Oil Exploration in Alaskan Arctic After Disappointing Dilling Season (Wall Street Journal)
Join us at the Next SNAC Meeting!
6:30pm Monday, August 24th @ the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, 2nd Floor
We’ll be forming working groups and starting to jumpstart planning for when the rigs return in the fall. Bring yourself, ideas and enthusiasm for what you want to do!
*wheelchair accessible with wheelchair accessible (ADA) restrooms. Use the elevator to get to 2nd floor, meeting is behind the escalators.
In the Pacific Northwest, Occupied Coast Salish Territories, Port of Seattle, Duwamish and Suquamish Territory, or fight Shell from wherever you are and share your stories. Beginning in October, 2015 the first support ships from Royal Dutch Shell’s arctic drilling operation will be returning from their arctic mission for repairs and off-season rest in the port of Seattle. In November the Polar Plunderer and Ignoble Despoiler should arrive. They intend to depart again for another season in June 2016….we intend to stop them. Please see and distribute these flyers and/or send new ones to email@example.com and they will be posted at shell.noblogs.org/flyers
Articles from July 29th, 2015 (beginning of Portland blockade of Shell’s damaged then repaired icebreaker):
UPDATE: FENNICA ESCAPES FROM PORTLAND
- 13 demonstrators hang from Portland bridge to block Shell ship (katu.com)
- Activists Dangle from Portland Bridge in Shell Oil Protest (USA Today)
- Activists hang from bridge in Portland to block Shell’s Arctic vessel (The Guardian)
- Portland Activists Try to Block Shell Ship From Heading to the Arctic (grist.org)
- Protest Fun: Greenpeace Activists are Dangling from the St. Johns Bridge to Imprison That Shell Oil Ship (Portland Mercury)
- Protesters Rappel From Portland Bridge To Delay Shell Icebreaker (OPB.org)
- More (last 24 hours google search)
and PLEASE support the Localize This! Boot Camp & Incubator for Activists
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.
On July 29 at 1:00 PM during Seafair, the Navy will parade it’s warships through Seattle’s Elliott Bay.
Let’s meet them in boats and on the spectator Pier 62/63 to tell them what we think of their electronic testing over the Olympics and bombing in the Arctic not to mention the Trident ballistic missile submarines with nuclear weapons stationed and deployed from Hood Canal.
Join the Peace Fleet on Wednesday, July 29, the fourteenth year that peace activists will address the public display of warships and warplanes in our community.
When: Wednesday, July 29, noon, Peace Fleet in Elliott Bay. Demonstration on land at Piers 62/63 at 1 PM.
Where: Elliott Bay, near Pier 66. Demonstration on land at Piers 62/63.
Kayakers with boats and appropriate gear * will meet at 11:15 to launch by noon across from Pier 91 (directions to 16th Ave parking lot are: take Galer from Elliot Ave over the track and road headed west toward Pier 91/ Elliot Bay Trail. Turn right at sop sign and stay right under the overpass to find 16th Ave lot.)
* Appropriate gear for 3 hours in wind and currents in cold water: spray skirt, water, hat, snack, some experience paddling in current (low -1.5 at 10am and high 10.5ft a 2:54pm) .
Contacts: Glen Milner (206) 365-7865, Mary Gleysteen (360) 265-1589, or on the day of the event (206) 979-8319. You can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s more information, including a Fact Sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzRG1crlv8YMcXVFSm1GVFZlZFNPV0laUUItcXpHZWt6VUw4/view
July 18, 2015
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thanks to everyone who responded to our Action Camp and Chevron PTP update. It is becoming clear that the situation here is moving toward an escalation point.
Today at one o’clock a low flying helicopter flew over the ridge line and crossed the river a couple kilomoters south of the bridge. It followed a route that corresponds to the path of the proposed PTP pipeline, then circled back and flew in a northern direction following the river toward Houston. They flew low enough to take photos of activity happening at bridge and our camp.
Our supporters maintaining an Unist’ot’en check point on Chisolm Rd were also visited and threatened by the police. Similar to their visit at the bridge two days ago, the officers asserted that they could be arrested for blocking a “public road”.
It is clear by the timing of these recent police actions that they are working in tandem with the pipeline companies. The head of the RCMP detachment in Houston clearly stated to Freda that they intend to “ensure the work crews can do their work safely.”
We have made it clear to the police and industry that we are not blockading the road. We are establishing check-points on the boundaries of our unceded Unist’ot’en territories. People and companies who gain our consent are allowed to enter.
Many of you have visited our yintah (territory) and have experienced first-hand our critical infrastructure of water, salmon, berries and medicines. We are determined to protect this land for future generations, and in the process do our bit to shut down the toxic fossil fuel infrastructure that threatens all forms of living life on this planet.
At this time we would like to ask our supporters for the following things:
1) If you have been to our camp before and/or if you feel comfortable to put your self on the front-line to stand with us against Chevron, you can register here: http://www.jotform.ca/unistoten/actioncamp
2) If you are unable to assist in person but would like to send financial support to help us with equipment and operational costs, donations can be sent by email transfer to email@example.com.
Or if you would like to donate online you could contribute to the Healing Centre fundraiser:
Cheques can be made out to “Tse Wedi Elth”, 620 CN Station Rd, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N1.
3) You could organize solidarity actions where you live, either against Chevron directly or one of their investors.
Sne Kal Yah!