Annie Lukins, 24, got up at 4 a.m. to prepare for perching herself on top of this tripod blocking an exit of the Shell fuel transfer station on Harbor Island, near Terminal 5.
Annie Lukins, 24, woke up at 4 a.m. to set herself on top of this tripod blocking an exit of a Shell fuel transfer station on Harbor Island, near the Port of Seattle's Terminal 5. Alex Garland

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Yesterday, the Obama administration approved Shells exploration plan to drill in the Arctic this summer, despite the high risk of a major spill during Arctic oil development and the impact that development would have on climate change. Lukins is an artist-activist with Rising Tide Seattle. She was born here, she says, and she wants her children to be able to swim in the same waters she did.
Yesterday, the Obama administration approved Shell's exploration plan to drill in the Arctic this summer, despite the high risk of a major spill during Arctic oil development and the impact that development would have on climate change. "Shell has already proven they cannot safely operate in the Arctic, and the Niger Delta has shown us that they don't clean up after themselves," Lukins said. "We need to ban Arctic drilling now." Alex Garland

Some fuel tankers appeared to enter and gas up while Lukins blocked the exit; two hours after she deployed and clambered down, they left.
Some fuel tankers appeared to enter and gas up while Lukins blocked the exit; they left after she clambered down. Alex Garland

Rising Tide Seattle police liaisons spoke to the Seattle Police Departments Sergeant David Drain. Port police and SPD monitored the action, which lasted more than two hours, but didnt make any arrests.
Rising Tide Seattle police liaisons spoke to the Seattle Police Department's Sergeant David Drain. Port police and SPD monitored the action, but didn't make any arrests. Alex Garland

Shell has already proven they cannot safely operate in the Arctic, and the Niger Delta has shown us that they dont clean up after themselves, she said. We need to ban Arctic drilling now.
Lukins is an artist-activist with Rising Tide Seattle. She was born here, she says, and she wants the next generation, including her children, to be able to live near the shore and eat fish from the ocean. Alex Garland

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Lukins dismounts from the tripod.
Lukins dismounted from the tripod after more than two hours of nesting at the top. Later today, the port commission will debate whether to keep Shell out of Terminal 5 because of the city's finding that Arctic drilling equipment isn't consistent with the space's land use permit. Alex Garland

Sergeant Nadia Fiorini, of the SPD, gives Lukins a case number.
Sergeant Nadia Fiorini, of the SPD, gave Lukins a case number. Alex Garland

No arrests, but the activists poles were taken in as evidence.
After the action wrapped up and tankers filed out of the exit, the activists' poles were taken in as evidence. Alex Garland