Arctic drill rig to arrive in Washington on Friday

SEATTLE (AP) — A drill rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic will arrive in Port Angeles on Friday and remain there for about two weeks before it heads to Seattle.

In a statement, the Port of Port Angeles said the 400-foot Polar Pioneer will be off-loaded and then have equipment installed. Protesters have said they plan to meet it arrives in Seattle in May.

The Coast Guard says protesters will have to stay 100 yards away from the rig when it is anchored and 500 yards away when it is in transit.

Conservationists opposed to Arctic offshore drilling say oil companies have not demonstrated they can clean up a major spill.

Royal Dutch Shell hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling during the summer open-water season in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast.