ShellNO! 2015 – The People Held the Line! July 29, 2015, Greenpeace volunteers rappelled from the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon to hang below it in defiance of the ice-breaker ship, Fennica, leaving port to assist Exxon drilling in the arctic. Their goal is to delay the ice-breaker leased by Shell – hopefully pushing back the difficult work of drilling for oil in the Arctic long enough that the company loses a year of work. In the time before things thaw next year, protesters hoped to affect political change. Portland’s people cycled in throughout the protest, supporting Greenpeace from shore, from wharf, and from kayaks strategically placed below the Greenpeace volunteers in an attempt to discourage authorities from trying to remove them from below. Supporters remained, day and night. As some would leave, others came in to take their place. GREENPEACE SAID: SHELLNO! PORTLAND SAID: SHELLNO! People brought their dogs. People brought their kids. Some swam. Some fished. The chanting was consistent: SHELLNO! Hey – it’s Portland, right? That’s what who we are! One thing Big Oil can count on is the Opposition they will always face from Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington! Well DONE, Greenpeace! We salute you!