U.S. Coast Guard officials help Chiara Rose D'Angelo off the Arctic Challenger. Image courtesy of Station Bellingham/ U.S. Coast Guard.

A protester who chained herself to a Shell support vessel climbed down Monday morning after a three day demonstration against the company’s plans to restart its Arctic drilling campaign this summer.

Chiara Rose D’Angelo, a 20 year old student activist, illegally boarded the Arctic Challenger on Friday afternoon as it sat anchored in Bellingham Bay, KREM2 said.

“I’m not up here for myself I’m up here for my community,” Rose told reporters on Saturday.

A second protester, Matt Fueller, joined D’Angelo on Friday night but climbed down on Sunday.

The protesters suspended themselves off the Arctic Challenger using climbing harnesses attached to the vessel’s anchor chain.

D’Angelo told King5 News that she was issued a citation for misdemeanor trespassing.

The Coast Guard was monitoring the situation but did not attempt to forcibly remove the protesters.

The demonstration marks the second time this year that protesters have illegally boarded a Shell owned vessel bound for the U.S. Arctic.

In April, a group of Greenpeace protesters illegally boarded Shell’s Polar Pioneer after intercepting the rig as it traveled from Hawaii to Seattle.

Shell’s revised drilling plan won conditional approval earlier this month from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

The plan calls for up to six wells to be drilled in water depths of 140 feet at the Burger Prospect in offshore Alaska, about 70 miles northwest of the village of Wainwright.

Shell’s plan to use Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle to house some of its Arctic fleet has sparked environmentalist protests and push back from city officials.

Earlier this month, Seattle mayor Ed Murray said the city’s port must apply for a new land-use permit if Shell wants to house part of its Arctic fleet at the port, a process that could take weeks or even months.


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