Polar Pioneer oil rig sails by Edmonds Thursday

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Mike McAuliffe sent this photo of the Polar Pioneer passing by Edmonds Thursday.
Mike McAuliffe took this photo of the Polar Pioneer passing by Edmonds Thursday.

The Polar Pioneer oil rig that passed by Edmonds on its way to Seattle Thursday around noon is the biggest piece of a muscular fleet Shell Oil has mustered in the Pacific Northwest to resume its controversial high-stakes oil-exploration effort in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s North Slope, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports.

The company will have 25 vessels in and out of the Pacific Northwest in preparation for the season, according to spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh, but Shell has been tight-lipped about detailing its plans, the Times said.

At Terminal 5 — now the center of a legal and political standoff between the city and the Port of Seattle — Shell contractor Foss Maritime plans to load drilling equipment and supplies for the two main vessels, the Polar Pioneer and the Noble Discoverer. Shell is moving into Terminal 5 despite a request Tuesday by the Port of Seattle commission that it delay the vessels’ arrival while the Port challenges a city ruling aimed at keeping the rigs out.

You can read more via The Seattle Times here.

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