Coast Guard Proposes Safety Zone Around Shell Vessels
Tuesday, April 03 2012
The Coast Guard is still on track to bring security forces up to Unalaska this summer. Last week, an injunction was filed against Greenpeace protesters that would prevent them from getting in close range of Shell Oil vessels during their drilling season, but the Coast Guard says that they’re still in favor of creating “temporary safety zones” around the drill fleet.
"We just want to make sure if there are protesters that go to Dutch Harbor, they are protesting in as safe a manner as possible and in accordance with state and local law," says Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow.
Those safety zones would be in place from June 15 to July 1, and they would regulate any space within 25 yards of a Shell vessel.
The federal government is taking comment on the safety zone proposal through May 3.