Rob Lewis guest writes this report.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 2:37 pm Guest writer, Rob Lewis
SEATTLE — During his March 17 appeal hearing, Matt Fuller delivered a detailed and unapologetic defense of his 22-hour occupation of the anchor chain on the Arctic Challenger, a drilling-support vessel for Shell Oil Company.
Fuller’s family and friends attended the hearing before a U.S. Coast Guard officer, on the 34th floor of the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building. He was appealing a citation and a $10,000 fine he received for violating a 100-yard “safety zone” around the Arctic Challenger when it was moored in May 2015 in Bellingham Harbor. Fuller climbed onto the vessel’s anchor chain as part of a local citizen effort to keep it from leaving port, in order to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic. […]