Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Seattle Coast Guard Division Fines 24 Polar Pioneer Protesters $40,000 Each
In an early-morning departure marked by the detention of 24 kayaking protesters, who face $40,000 federal fines, the Polar Pioneer drill rig on Monday ended a month long stay in Seattle and began its three-week journey north to explore for oil in Chukchi Sea.
While in Seattle, the Polar Pioneer was stocked with supplies that it will need for the brief summer season and prepared for the task of drilling during the brief Arctic summer season.
Shell hopes that this summer will be the first in a string of successful exploration seasons that could lead to the discovery of a major new oil field off Alaska’s North Slope. Shell officials have hoped to use Puget Sound as a base of operations, and they have received strong support from the local maritime industry.