Statement on City of Seattle’s Investigation into Shell’s Homeport Lease

The investigation will review whether the Port is in violation of the shoreline permit issued by the City


Betsy Lopez-Wagner, Earthjustice, (415) 217-2159

On Monday, Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council announced that the city’s Department of Planning and Development would be investigating whether the Port of Seattle erred in approving a lease for Terminal 5 to be a homeport for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet. The investigation will review whether the Port is in violation of the shoreline permit issued by the City.

On March 2 in King County Superior Court, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, The Sierra Club, Washington Environmental Council, and Seattle Audubon Society. That legal challenge details a circumvention of public process and the Port of Seattle’s violation of the State Environmental Policy Act, in addition to the Shoretime Management Act.

Statement from Patti Goldman, Earthjustice’s managing attorney on the Mayor’s call for review to Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development:

“The Port Commissioners violated the public trust by shutting out the public and allowing Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet to be housed at the Port in violation of the Port’s shoreline permit,” Goldman said. “I applaud the Mayor for starting an investigation and demanding full disclosure and accountability before the Port invites Shell’s drilling fleet to make Seattle its home.”

Read the March 2 Press Release & Legal Complaint.

The Port of Seattle.
The lease would allow Shell’s drill ships to be housed at the Port, including the Noble Discoverer which was the subject of 8 felony convictions and over $12 million in fines and community service in December 2014. (Corey Photography via The Port of Seattle)

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