As Royal Dutch Shell’s Polar Pioneer oil rig arrived in Puget Sound, the noise coming from a Coast Guard helicopter rang out across the water. It was deafening and added to the drama of watching an enormous new oil rig enter Elliott Bay.
Royal Dutch Shell is planning to send the Polar Pioneer along with a fleet of ships to the Arctic to drill this summer, now that President Obama has approved the oil giant's plans.
The bright yellow drilling machine took its place at Terminal 5 in West Seattle Thursday afternoon, accompanied by local tugs.
All around the sound, people took time out of their normal routines just to check it out...and many were wondering about all the noise it brought with it.