"Seattle Port Votes to Delay Drilling Rigs on the Way to Alaska"

"SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle’s board voted Tuesday to ask that the arrival of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs be delayed, bowing to a wave of public pressure by protesters and city officials over the company’s plans to drill this summer off the coast of Alaska and use Puget Sound as a home port.

But the vote at port headquarters, after three hours of passionate testimony, did not compel a delay or rescind the lease that was signed earlier this year allowing Shell to use a 50-acre site near downtown called Terminal 5.

Instead, the port said only that Shell’s use of the terminal 'should' be postponed, 'pending further legal review,' and urged the local company that would host Shell, Foss Maritime, to delay mooring Shell’s vessels."

Kirk Johnson reports for the New York Times May 12, 2015.


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Source: NY Times, 05/13/2015