Environmentalists and rank-and-file railroad workers took to the streets protesting continued transportation of oil trains.
This incident offers further vindication for what environmentalists have been saying all along: that accidents are unavoidable in this ecologically sensitive region.
Held by 350.org and the Sierra Club, the event marked the two-year anniversary of the disaster, the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, oil train explosion that killed 47 people.
They plan to note that oil-laden trains are so dangerous that transporting oil across the continent by train should be severely curtailed, if not ended.
"Shell wants to haul its Arctic destroyer to Alaska as soon as possible, but these courageous individuals are saying, 'Shell No.' "
As in the case of so many prior disasters, environmentalists and everyone affected by this devastating oil spill are trying to get through what some have called a "nightmare scenario."
"Another derailment and explosion of a train carrying oil. We need to get these exploding death trains off the tracks."
"Climate Justice NOW," they roared at the oil rig, which loomed like a yellow Darth Vader along the mouth of the Duwamish River.
Shell's dabbling in the Chukchi Sea, most feel, is now inevitable; for the moment, the Beaufort Sea won't be touched, but even that could change.
On this day in 2010, a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.