An Unwelcome Visitor

Seattle activists stand together against Royal Dutch Shell's Polar Pioneer 

From April through June, the city of Seattle was in the spotlight for hosting a controversial oil rig set to drill in the Arctic after gathering supplies in the Port of Seattle. Activists, environmentalists and Pacific Northwest tribal members took it upon themselves to prevent the rig from mooring in the Port and ultimately shut down its potentially dangerous mission. This is a collection of photos depicting the people's response to the corporation.

On August 18, 2015, the Obama Administration passed the final approval for Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic despite protest. After finding less oil than expected, Shell pulled out of the Arctic and abandoned any further drilling.