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Icebreaker key to Shell’s Arctic drilling program damaged, returns to port

Alex DeMarban: Alaska Dispatch News: July 7, 2015 In another hurdle for Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program, an ice-handling vessel playing a key role in the operation has returned to Dutch Harbor after a gash was discovered in its hull. The Fennica, a 380-foot Finnish vessel, was damaged Friday as it headed for the drilling grounds in the Chukchi Sea […]

Shell Arctic Screw Part 2: Fennica Mishap, Negligence or Torpedoed by Greenpeace?

Shell Arctic Screw Part 2: Fennica Mishap, Negligence, or Torpedoed by Greenpeace? FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR The significance of the damage to the Fennica is made clear in the article below. It is carrying the “Capping Stack” which is required in order for drilling to proceed. A capping stack is an auxiliary blow out preventer […]

Shell’s ice management vessel damaged in Alaska

Wed Jul 8, 2015 12:46am IST Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s icebreaker vessel Fennica returned to the Dutch Harbor in Alaska with a small breech in the hull, raising concerns about the company’s plan to resume drilling in the Arctic later this month. Shell said in June it plans to restart drilling for oil in the […]

Hull damage forces Shell Arctic support ship in for repairs

BY MARK THIESSEN: Associated Press: July 7, 2015 An icebreaker carrying a key piece of equipment for Arctic drilling planned by Royal Dutch Shell off the northern coast of Alaska was forced to return to dock after a hole more than three feet long was discovered in its hull, the company said Tuesday. It was unclear […]

Shell’s Arctic icebreaker damaged in Alaska

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 7 July 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell’s drive to resume Arctic drilling this summer has hit another speed bump, with the discovery of a hole in the hull of an ice management vessel meant to safeguard the company’s operations in the Chukchi Sea. The MSV Fennica was on its way from Dutch […]

Not Deterred By Huge Risks, Shell Opts For Megaprojects

It is curious then that Royal Dutch Shell is not ready to give up on the huge complex oil project. It is only a few weeks away from starting to drill in the Chukchi Sea, a campaign that has cost the company somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 billion so far, with very little results […]

In the Race to Control the Arctic, the U.S. Lags Behind

BY BOB REISS 7/6/15 It was just after Christmas 2012, and the Kulluk, a 250-foot-high, floating oil-drill rig, swung like a metronome in gale-force winds blowing through the Gulf of Alaska. The tug that had been towing the rig bobbed helplessly in 50-foot waves, her four diesel engines flooded with seawater as the rig’s skeleton […]

Shell set to begin Arctic oil drilling within two weeks

Environmentalists took to kayaks to protest Shell’s Arctic exploration plans (Source: Getty) by Clara Guibourg: 6 July 2015 Oil giant Shell is set to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks, as 30 ships have left Alaskan harbours towards two exploratory wells. The Arctic is one of the planet’s most […]

Shell embarks on controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of £4.5bn quest for oil

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 3 July 2015 Shell has kicked off its controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of a £4.5billion search for oil under the region’s freezing, pristine seas. After being forced to embarrassingly abandon its plans in 2012 and pulling out after finding gas in the 1990s, Shell’s convoy of 30 […]

Shell Arctic oil drilling to commence within weeks

…if the initial wells do not find oil, Shell will contemplate walking away from the region entirely. By Richard Anderson: Business reporter, BBC News: 3 July 2015 Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks. Thirty ships left Dutch Harbor in Alaska on Thursday […]

Arctic Drilling Future Now Rests On One Well

By Charles Kennedy: Wed, 01 July 2015 Royal Dutch Shell is nearing a start to drilling in the Arctic, but has run into some hiccups. The U.S. government decided that Shell cannot actually drill both of its wells in the Chukchi Sea as planned. The Interior Department said that doing so would run afoul of its […]

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to […]

Shell to tap new Gulf of Mexico oil

Shell to tap new Gulf of Mexico oil HOUSTON, July 1 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday it made a final investment decision to open up new oil developments in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Shell said it was moving forward with a decision to build what it says will […]

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses By Reuters: 12:32AM BST 01 July 2015 The Obama administration has dealt a setback to Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil exploration plans, saying established walrus and polar bear protections prevent the company from drilling with two rigs simultaneously at a close range, as it had […]

Shell Secures New Authorization in Pursuing Arctic Drilling

Shell Secures New Authorization in Pursuing Arctic Drilling JUNEAU, Alaska — Jun 30, 2015: By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Royal Dutch Shell has secured another federal authorization as it pursues plans to drill exploration wells in the Arctic waters off the Alaska coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday issued a letter of authorization […]

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:33pm EDT (Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The Noble Discover is the […]

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained By Jennifer Sullivan: Seattle Times staff reporter: 30 June 2015 An oil-drilling rig that was protested by activists in kayaks pulled out of Everett early Tuesday morning, and some of the kayakers were detained by the Coast Guard. Shell’s Noble Discoverer will join the Polar Pioneer to sink […]

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor By Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska | June 29, 2015 Billions of dollars worth of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are sitting out in the Bay in front of Dutch Harbor this week. The company has plans to take most of that […]

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig SEATTLE: 30 June 2015 U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. The Washington state activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations over the […]

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July SEATTLE/WASHINGTON | BY ERIC M. JOHNSON AND TIMOTHY GARDNER: Mon Jun 29, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a […]

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July Posted on June 29, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Thick sea ice could clog the site of Shell’s planned oil wells in the Arctic Ocean until late July, potentially shaving a week off the company’s already narrow window for exploratory […]

Activists deploy against Shell’s arctic plans

Activists deploy against Shell’s arctic plans By Daniel J. Graeber: June 29, 2015 MUKILTEO, Wash., June 29 (UPI) — Activists said Monday they took to the water off the Washington state coast in kayaks to try to slow progress of a Shell drilling rig bound for arctic waters. “We know we can’t stop them,” Carlo […]

Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska

Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska Information and magnificent copyrighted photograph’s kindly provided by Gary Braasch, Photographer & Journalist from World View of Global Warming.org  Please see copyright notice at foot of article. Use your browser to enlarge images.  Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska […]

Polar Pioneer arrives in Dutch Harbor for Chukchi Sea drilling

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, [email protected]; June 28, 2015 The first of two drilling rigs, scheduled to conduct exploratory drilling for Shell in the Chukchi Sea this summer, has arrived in the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor this weekend. The federal government has given Transocean’s Polar Pioneer, contracted by Shell, a green light to […]

Shell Heads for Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits

Shell Heads for Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Jun 26, 2015, 3:42 PM ET By DAN JOLING Associated Press One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of […]

Curious coincidence involving Shell, Iran, Noble Corp and $2.16 billion

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR The former owners of the Frontier drilling company sold their rigs to Noble for $2.16 billion in 2010. Given that their fleet of five vessels consisted of ancient rust buckets which were fit only for the scrapyard, this has always seemed like an inordinately large sum. The five vessels had been […]

Shell flotilla begins assembling in Dutch Harbor

BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: 24 June 2015 “Once again, Shell is up to their old tricks, deliberately ignoring federal regulations. We urge President Obama to cancel Shell’s lease and prevent them from drilling in the Chukchi Sea,” Dutch Harbor will be busy in the next couple of weeks as Shell’s Arctic drill […]

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag June 23, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell’s plans to bore two wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer may be jeopardized by an obscure permitting requirement that effectively bars drilling operations close to each other in waters off Alaska. The restriction highlighted by […]

Shell’s Arctic plan counters U.S. walrus protections -green groups

“There does not appear to be any way that the federal government can allow Shell to proceed as the company has planned…” 23 June 2015 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Green groups urged the U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency’s conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s 2015 Arctic oil exploration plan, saying it […]

Anchorage Residents Hold ‘Keep Shell Out of the Arctic!’ Rally

Anchorage Residents Hold ‘Keep Shell Out of the Arctic!’ Rally Kirby Spangler Jun 22, 2015 Anchorage, Alaska – Following weeks of demonstrations in Seattle protesting Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic Drilling program, Anchorage residents gathered on the corner of Northern Lights and Minnesota at a local Shell gas station to join the international chorus speaking out […]

Coast Guard clears Shell drillship bound for Arctic

Coast Guard clears Shell drillship bound for Arctic Posted on June 22, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy The drillship Noble Discoverer undergoes sea trials off Singapore in November 2014. WASHINGTON — As one of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs makes its way to Alaska, a second is waiting in the wings. The Noble Discoverer, now […]

Then & Now: Launching a ‘Mind Bomb’ to save the Arctic

Then & Now: Launching a “Mind Bomb” to save the Arctic By Emily Hunter – 22 June, 2015  Staring out at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, I feel a sense of past and present colliding. Forty-four years ago in these same waters off Canada’s west coast, my father Robert Hunter and a group […]

Shell returns to Unalaska with first of fleet arriving

June 19th 3:57 pm | Jim Paulin Most of Shell’s ocean-going fleet will be anchored offshore, while laying over in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, before departing to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean; …the Shell fleet includes two drill rigs, and another 25 vessels for supplying the rigs and for oil spill response. Shell is back […]

Shell’s blowout response tests hailed a success

Shell’s blowout response tests hailed a success Written by Keith Findlay – 19/06/2015 5:02 pm Royal Dutch Shell has successfully used and tested emergency equipment meant to respond to a well blowout in the Arctic Ocean, US regulators said today. Officials with the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement oversaw exercises, carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday in waters […]

Former Shell worker says rush to prepare for Arctic drilling resulted in unsafe conditions

UPDATED By MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press JUNE 19, 2015 SEATTLE — A woman who was permanently injured while working on one of Shell’s Arctic drilling support ships has sued, saying the company compromised safety in its rush to drill for oil. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday by Anita Hanks […]

Government hides fears over Shell’s Arctic spill safety

Government hides fears over Shell’s Arctic spill safety Christine Ottery / Greenpeace Energydesk: 19 June 2015 As Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig sails from Seattle into the north Pacific, Christine Ottery discovers that US federal regulators had serious concerns about the company’s safety equipment designed to contain any oil spill. A US government department hid […]

Shell starts moving fleet north for Chukchi drilling; permits slot into place

The season approaches: Shell starts moving fleet north for Chukchi drilling; permits slot into place Alan Bailey: Petroleum News: Week of June 21, 2015 Elements of Shell’s Chukchi Sea fleet are on the move, heading north in preparation for drilling during this season’s Arctic open water season. The barge Arctic Challenger, holding Shell’s Arctic oil containment system, […]

Former Shell Worker Cites Unsafe Conditions on Oil Ship

Former Shell Worker Cites Unsafe Conditions on Oil Ship SEATTLE — Jun 19, 2015, 3:07 PM ET By MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press A woman who was injured while working on one of Shell’s Arctic drilling support ships has filed a federal lawsuit saying the company compromised safety in its rush to drill for oil. Anita […]

Juneau Protesters Rally Against Shell’s Arctic Plans

Juneau Protesters Rally Against Shell’s Arctic Plans By Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau | June 18, 2015 A crowd of about 40 gathered in the drizzling rain outside Juneau’s federal building this afternoon to protest Royal Dutch Shell’s oil rig, the Polar Pioneer. The vessel left Seattle on Monday after weeks of public outcry. Alaska […]

Shell Oil Foots Bill for Environmental Disaster Greenpeace Created Protesting Shell Oil

Emily Zanotti on 6.18.15  A group of Greenpeace “kayaktivists” took to the waters of the Puget Sound a few short weeks ago in an attempt to stop the Polar Pioneer, Shell Oil’s newest Arctic drilling rig, from taking a breather in port on its way up to Alaska. They were ultimately thwarted by the Coast Guard’s concern […]