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Kayakers will greet Shell Oil icebreaker this weekend
Adopting a page from Seattle protesters, Portlanders concerned about oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean will take to kayaks on Saturday, when Shell Oils icebreaker, the Fennica, is expected to arrive at Swan Island for needed repairs. The icebreaker is needed in the Arctic as part of Shells plan to explore for oil in the environmentally sensitive northern waters.
A flotilla of kayaktivists and others are expected to assemble at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Swan Island boat ramp at the end of North Basin Avenue. The flotilla is scheduled to launch at 4 p.m.
Organizers expect the Fennica to arrive by earlier that day.
The event is billed as a legal, family-friendly action; its co-sponsored by the newly formed Climate Action Coalition plus 350 PDX and Portland Rising Tide.