Port of Seattle seeks delay in arrival of Shell's Arctic drill rigs; Shell says they're coming

SEATTLE – Despite a port commission request that Royal Dutch Shell delay any moorage of oil exploration vessels in Seattle pending further legal review, a Shell spokesman says his company will bring its rigs to a terminal as planned to prepare for anticipated exploratory drilling in Arctic waters.

Spokesman Curtis Smith said Tuesday that Shell has a short summertime window to work in the Arctic and believes its lease for space at Seattle’s Terminal 5 is valid.

On Tuesday evening, a small group of activists in kayaks met one of two drill rigs Shell is planning to use as it arrived in Everett on its way to Seattle.

A second drill rig has been parked in Port Angeles, on the Olympic Peninsula, but is expected to arrive in Seattle later this week.