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Shell Oil protesters train for flotilla

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KING 5 News 3:51 p.m. PDT April 4, 2015

Shell Oil protesters train for flotilla

Protestors planning to demonstrate when Shell Oil arrives in Elliott Bay started training Saturday morning in West Seattle.

They plan to have a flotilla of kayaks in the bay when Shell brings its Arctic drilling ship and equipment to Seattle in a few weeks.

The demonstrators are not happy that the Port of Seattle has leased out space for Shell to store off-shore Arctic drilling equipment at the port.

“We’d love to have a fleet of a couple hundred boats out here, but really big picture we need a fleet of the whole darn city of people realizing how we’re using up the carbon, how we’re putting it into the atmosphere,” said Peter Weston of the Backbone Campaign.

The group plans to hold more training sessions in coming weeks.

Shell supporters say the plans will create jobs and revenue for an unused section of the port.

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