SEATTLE – Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he'd be better off avoiding the Emerald City to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea.
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Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw says State Department staffers had been looking at Seattle locations for Kerry to speak, including a downtown hotel. But the Port advised the State Department to look elsewhere because of the Arctic drilling demonstrations.
Kerry was to speak Tuesday morning at a Boeing Co. plant in Renton, about 12 miles south of Seattle.
The speech as planned for more than a week, but the State Department didn't announce the venue until Monday. That's the same day hundreds of activists marched to a Port of Seattle facility where a massive Royal Dutch Shell drill rig will be loaded.