Environmentalists launch blimp to call on people to join “Kayak Flotilla” to stop Shell oil drilling rigs

Josh Kelety

04.03.15

On Thursday morning, environmentalists gathered at Jack Perry Memorial Park at Alaskan Way and Marginal Way to launch a blimp reading “ShellNo, Join the Flotilla!” The blimp floated upwards of 150 feet in the air in an effort to both bring attention to the slated arrival and docking of Shell oil drilling rigs in Seattle waters, terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle to be specific. In April, as well as to call on the public to participate in direct action via a kayak flotilla to halt the Shell fleet in its tracks. Check out my photos and The Stranger’s Sydney Brownstone’s reporting on Thursday’s demonstration, as well as more shots below. And here’s some backstory on the Port of Seattle contract to welcome Shell vessels with open arms.

Activists prepare to launch the blimp at Jack Perry Memorial Park. Activists prepare to launch the blimp at Jack Perry Memorial Park.

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