Kayak protesters try to stop Shell oil rig

2015-06-15 18:03
Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the "Paddle in Seattle" in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com via AP)

Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the "Paddle in Seattle" in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com via AP)

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Seattle - Greenpeace says 13 protesters in kayaks formed a blockade to try to stop Royal Dutch Shell's drill rig from leaving Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

Group spokesperson Cassady Sharp says the Coast Guard has arrested several of the "kayaktivists" who paddled out to stop the Polar Pioneer early on Monday. She says about 40 to 50 supporters in kayaks and canoes lined up behind the blockade.

The petroleum giant's plans to drill in waters off Alaska drew a similar protest in May. Activists also have chained themselves twice to a support ship north of Seattle.

Shell spokesperson Curtis Smith says the company remains "committed to operating in a safe, environmentally responsible manner."

The Coast Guard didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.

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