Update 6/8/2012 9:27 am PST: When you’re dealing with the Far North, you have to be prepared for anything. Clearly, Shell isn’t quite Arctic Ready.
Greenpeace, the Yes Lab, and members of the Occupy movement are claiming responsibility for the set of actions described below that have focused intense attention on Shell’s Arctic drilling program.
The centerpiece of the action was the lavish party in the Space Needle, in which a model oil rig “accidentally” spewed liquid in the face of the rig designer’s “widow”—actually 84-year-old Occupy activist Dorli Rainey, well known for having been brutally pepper-sprayed in the face by Seattle Police during Occupy protests last fall.
A one-minute video of that “malfunction,” shot by Occupy “infiltrator” Logan Price, quickly reached the top spot on Reddit and the #2 spot on Youtube, with a half-million views in less than 24 hours, completely wrong-footing Shell’s PR machine.
It’s a #shellFAIL rehearsal to #SaveTheArctic.
Want to know more? Read James Turner’s recap of the entire event here.
When you’ve been fighting against Shell’s crazy plan to drill in the Arctic for a while you get used to the company making a mess of PR. Like the announcement that they’d banned styrofoam cups from their oil rigs (that’ll fix the problem!) or when they proudly told us about a small dog called Tara who could sniff out an oil spill under thick ice.
But this time they’ve really outdone themselves. Thanks to folks at Occupy Seattle and Treehugger, we’re finding out about a corporate launch event that the company held last night at the Seattle ‘Space Needle’ to announce the departure of their two rigs from the city. The two creaky old rigs in question – the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer – are soon to be on their way to Alaska if all goes as planned, despite the fact that President Obama’s Deepwater Horizon Commission has stated that there is still no proven method for cleaning oil spilled in ice and that the Coast Guard lacks an adequate response capability in the region. Continue reading