The fight and protests against Shell’s proposed arctic drilling continues, as protesters in Portland, OR have helped block a Shell vessel from leaving the cities harbor. The #sHellNo movement continues to try and stop Shell from moving any vessels and ships up north to work on drilling. Most recently, several protesters have been suspended from the St. John’s Bridge across the Willamette River in north Portland for several hours. OregonLive (the Oregonian’s online presence) has live updates about the protest.
Streamers have been hung – the movement against fossil fuels is even more colorful and diverse! #ShellNo pic.twitter.com/mtQnL3YoaY
— Dan Cannon (@DanEnviroCannon) July 29, 2015
The #PDXvsShell climbers are still going strong, blocking @Shell from leaving for Alaska to drill. UPDATES: http://t.co/ZvM64VYAZm #ShellNo
— Ryan Schleeter (@Ryschlee) July 29, 2015
In addition to the people suspended from the bridge and similar to the actions done in Seattle several months ago, there are also many kayaktivists who have taken to the waters around Swan Island in the Willamette. King5 highlighted the actions in the Willamette river, saying that:
Without the Fennica and its equipment, the Polar Pioneer rig can’t begin drilling operations, even though the White House has already approved Shell’s exploratory drilling permits for Arctic oil.
It’s unlikely the demonstrations will prevent the Fennica from leaving Portland, but protesters say every delay helps their cause.
In addition to news stories, there have also been several storifies that have collected tweets about the protests into one location:
- Portland, OR says Shell No!
- Portland Shell Protest at St. John’s Bridge
- Activists Suspended off St. John’s Bridge
- Activists Attempt to Block Oil Vessel in Portland, OR
Shell has already been approved to start digging up north but activists hope that with the delays brought on because of the protests, there will be a huge financial loss to the company.