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Shell’s Arctic voyage marks beginning of peak oil era

Shell’s Arctic voyage marks beginning of peak oil era Anglo-Dutch company’s search for resources in the Arctic is a sign that the world is running out of options for new oil reserves By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor In his critically acclaimed 2005 book ‘Twilight in the Desert’, the prominent oil economist Matthew R. Simmons predicted […]

Hundreds of activists launch floating protest against new Arctic drilling rig

Hundreds of activists launch floating protest against new Arctic drilling rig: Sunday 17 May 2015 Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the water off Seattle in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the […]

‘Paddle in Seattle’ Arctic oil drilling protest

BBC NEWS ARTICLE: SUNDAY 17 MAY 2015 ‘Paddle in Seattle’ Arctic oil drilling protest Hundreds of people in kayaks and small boats have staged a protest in the north-western US port city of Seattle against oil drilling in the Arctic by the Shell energy giant. Paddle in Seattle was held by activists who said the […]

Anti-Arctic drilling kayak activists hold ‘Shell No’ protest

Martha Bellisle: Associated Press: May 16, 2015 Anti-Arctic drilling kayak activists hold ‘Shell No’ protest SEATTLE — Activists opposed to drilling for oil in the Arctic plan to launch a flotilla of kayaks and other boats on Seattle’s Elliott Bay on Saturday, two days after the arrival of a towering oil rig that is the centerpiece of Shell’s […]

Arctic Drilling Protests Greet Royal Dutch Shell Drilling Rigs In Seattle

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 16, 2015 at 9:07 am EST The protest by environmental groups and the people of Seattle against Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) move to dock its drilling rigs at the city’s port is growing by the day. The port of Seattle had earlier decided to grant access to Shell’s Arctic […]

Protesters in Seattle to take on Shell Arctic oil drilling plans

SEATTLE | BY VICTORIA CAVALIERE Commodities | Sat May 16, 2015 12:00pm BST Hundreds of activists, many in boats and kayaks, were gearing up on Saturday to protest plans to store two Royal Dutch Shell drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront before the oil giant resumes Arctic oil exploration this summer. Environmental groups have vowed to […]

Seattle ‘kayak-tivists’ take on Shell in battle over Arctic oil drilling

Seattle ‘kayak-tivists’ take on Shell in battle over Arctic oil drilling Rose Hackman in New York: Saturday 16 May 2015 12.30 BST To Klapstein, the correct analogy is that of a plane crash. “Can you imagine being told to get on a plane that has a 75% chance of crashing? Who gets on a plane that has a […]

Why is Shell steaming toward risk with oil at $65 a barrel?

By Eric Roston published 16 May 2015 by Bloomberg.com In December 1979, in the wake of the Iranian revolution and the oil price shock, executives from the biggest energy companies converged on Fairbanks for an auction of leases to drill in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea. Oil was nearing a then-record $29 a barrel. “This is the hottest area in […]

Sign to call on Seattle’s Mayor to make the right decision for our planet

Dear friends, The US government just gave oil giant Shell the go-ahead to drill in the pristine Arctic, putting our climate and the ocean’s majestic wildlife under grave risk. But there’s a way we can stop this.  Before Shell can get to the Arctic, their monster ship needs to gear up in Seattle. But one man has the power to […]

ARCTIC ALARM BELLS: SHELL KICKS OUT 60 WORKERS IN HOLLAND FOR DRUG USE

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell has expelled 60 workers from a Dutch chemical plant after workers were caught using drugs. The Shell Moerdijk plant in the Netherlands makes chemical products from petroleum. It employs over 800 employees and over 500 contractors. It is one of the largest chemical complexes in Europe.  Last October I […]

Obama: Shell developed high safeguards against Arctic spills

Associated Press: 14 May 2015 Obama: Shell developed high safeguards against Arctic spills CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says experts have concluded that Royal Dutch Shell has developed strong safeguards to undertake offshore oil exploration in Arctic waters. Obama says his administration delayed Shell’s application for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea […]

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell’s Arctic base

BY PHUONG LE: Associated Press: 14 May 2015 Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell’s Arctic base The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in […]

Shell Docks Arctic Drilling Rig in Seattle Despite Protests

Shell Docks Arctic Drilling Rig in Seattle Despite Protests Polar Pioneer is one of two rigs Shell plans to park in the city until drilling season begins in the summer By ASSOCIATED PRESS: May 14, 2015  SEATTLE—Despite protests by environmentalists in kayaks and opposition from the city of Seattle, a 400-foot-long Arctic oil drilling rig has […]

Shell oil rig arrives in Seattle waters amid protests, permit controversy

Shell oil rig arrives in Seattle waters amid protests, permit controversy Markets | Thu May 14, 2015 7:24pm EDT The first of two Royal Dutch Shell drilling rigs slated for Arctic oil exploration arrived in Seattle on Thursday as environmental activists geared up for days of protests over plans to store the equipment at the […]

Oil rig on move to Seattle, protesters expected

Heather Graf, KING-TV, Seattle: May 14, 2015 Oil rig on move to Seattle, protesters expected SEATTLE — A massive offshore drilling rig left Port Angeles, Wash., early Thursday and is expected here later in the day. The 400-foot long Polar Pioneer began moving out of Port Angeles at about 1:40 a.m. PT. The rig is expected […]

Shell exploration plans in Alaska stoke concern, hope in Canada

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted: May 13, 2015 Shell exploration plans in Alaska stoke concern, hope in Canada Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to explore for oil off Alaska’s northwestern coast are being closely watched in Canada with a mixture of hope and concern.  Earlier this week, the energy giant cleared a major hurdle when the U.S. Bureau […]

What’s at stake: The debate over Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront before they head north — but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate […]

Royal Dutch Shell Oil Rigs To Be Confronted By ‘Festival Of Resistance’

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 14, 2015  Environmentalists have planned to confront Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) oil rigs, which are set to arrive at Seattle’s port this week. The oil company plans to use them in the Arctic later this year. Shell has been planning to go back to the Arctic, in pursuit of […]

Shell oil rig arriving Thursday is just the start of Arctic drilling fleet

By Coral Garnick and Hal Bernton: Seattle Times staff reporters: Published 13 May 2015 Shell oil rig arriving Thursday is just the start of Arctic drilling fleet The Polar Pioneer oil rig expected to arrive in Seattle on Thursday is the biggest piece of a 25-vessel fleet Shell Oil has mustered to resume its oil exploration effort in […]

UN climate official pans idea of Arctic drilling in subtle slap at Obama administration

Article by Joby Warrick published 13 May 2015 by The Washington Post UN climate official pans idea of Arctic drilling in subtle slap at Obama administration The United Nations’ top climate official took a subtle poke at the Obama administration on Wednesday over its decision to conditionally allow oil exploration off Alaska’s coast, suggesting that the […]

Arctic drilling for ‘extreme oil’ is risky – and letting Shell do the work is reckless

Wednesday 13 May 2015 America’s Arctic Ocean belongs to all of us. The Beaufort and Chukchi Seas provide habitat for countless species of wildlife. This is one of the most unique marine ecosystems in the world, home to the entire population of US polar bears. Many of America’s most beloved marine creatures thrive here, including […]

Shell: Port lease is valid, so drill rigs coming to Seattle despite pleas for delay, protests

By GENE JOHNSON and PHUONG LE, Associated Press: 13 May 2015 SEATTLE (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is forging ahead with plans to park two Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle, risking possible fines from the city and ignoring port commissioners who have asked Shell to wait. Shell’s plan to move the two rigs to […]

Shell braves a return to its Arctic ordeals: But, with oil at such a low price, why now?

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 13 May 2015 New Year’s Eve 2012 is a date Lieutenant Commander Jim Cooley will never forget. As part of the rescue team from the US Coast Guard he flew out in treacherous, stormy conditions to rescue 18 men aboard Royal Dutch Shell’s stranded Kulluk oil rig. Earlier that […]

Shell to Seattle: Oil drill rigs are coming

Shell to Seattle: Oil drill rigs are coming: 13 May 2015 Royal Dutch Shell says it has a valid lease for Seattle terminal space and a tight timeline to prepare its fleet for exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters so it plans to move its drill rigs to this city despite the protests of activists […]

Here’s why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again

By Timothy Gardner: 12 May 2015 (Reuters) – For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama’s decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell’s return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction. On Tuesday, his administration upheld a 2008 Arctic lease sale, clearing […]

Shell’s Alaska Return Shows Arctic Drilling Defying Slump in Oil

Article by Rakteem Katakey and Mark Drajem published 12 May2015 by Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s plan to return to the Arctic this year shows exploration in one of the world’s most remote regions is proving resilient against the slide in crude prices. The U.S. Interior Department on Monday endorsed Shell’s plan to have two rigs drill as […]

Royal Dutch Shell: Giant arctic oil rig to be towed to Seattle this week; protests promised

Published May 11, 2015 Associated Press SEATTLE –  A giant floating oil rig currently anchored off Port Angeles, Washington, will be towed to Seattle this week despite the Seattle mayor’s assertion that the Port of Seattle can’t host the rig until it gets a new land-use permit, a Royal Dutch Shell spokesman said Monday. In an […]

Shell Cleared to Drill in Arctic

Shell Cleared to Drill in Arctic U.S. agency approvals Shell’s Arctic drilling plan off Alaska’s northwest coast. By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press: 11 May 2015 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Just days ahead of a planned protest of Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program in Seattle, the company on Monday cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to […]

Not going green: Obama administration allows Shell to pursue Arctic drilling

By MARK THIESSEN – Associated Press – Monday, May 11, 2015 Not going green: Obama administration allows Shell to pursue Arctic drilling ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Royal Dutch Shell cleared a major hurdle Monday in its plans to drill off Alaska’s northwest coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved Shell’s exploration plan for the […]

White House Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic

By CORAL DAVENPORT: MAY 11, 2015 White House Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic WASHINGTON — The Obama administration gave conditional approval on Monday to allow Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to start drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The approval is a major victory for Shell and […]

Here’s How Royal Dutch Shell Plans On Tackling Challenges In The Arctic

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: May 11, 2015  Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is reconsidering drilling in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. Drilling in Alaska is considered a dangerous job as temperature levels are low and the topography of the region would make it difficult to contain an oil spill if it were to occur. The crude […]

Grabbing Paddles in Seattle to Ward Off an Oil Giant

By KIRK JOHNSON MAY 11, 2015 SEATTLE — A dozen or so men and women, cinched into life jackets, paddles at the ready, were about to launch their kayaks into Elliott Bay early Thursday evening with Seattle’s glittering skyline as the backdrop. For some of the paddlers, it was a first-time experience, and with the water […]

Firm to appeal decision on Port of Seattle permit

Published May 10, 2015 | By Associated Press Firm to appeal decision on Port of Seattle permit SEATTLE (AP) — Foss Maritime plans to appeal Seattle’s position that Royal Dutch Shell can’t use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 under the existing permit. The company says it intends to provide its customer, Shell, with the […]

Shell wins injunction keeping Greenpeace away from Arctic drilling fleet

Yereth Rosen Alaska Dispatch News: May 8, 2015 Shell wins injunction keeping Greenpeace away from Arctic drilling fleet Greenpeace protesters must stay away from Royal Dutch Shell’s drill ships and support vessels, the anchor lines and buoys attached to them and the Barrow airport hangar and terminal that Shell is seeking to use to support its planned […]

The debate over Arctic drilling: What’s at stake

Seattle’s mayor and environmentalists have vowed to block Royal Dutch Shell PLC from parking two Arctic offshore drilling rigs on Seattle’s waterfront, an effort to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The U.S. Geological Survey estimates Arctic offshore reserves at […]

Shell and high water: the climate battle of Seattle

By K.C. Golden: Special to The Times: 7 May 2015 Shell and high water: the climate battle of Seattle IF you had to pick a logo for the campaign to wreak climate havoc, you could hardly do better than Shell’s Arctic drilling rig, the “Polar Pioneer.” Climate denial has reached its fullest expression when the melting […]

Shell: We have ‘backup plans’ if blocked from Port of Seattle

Article by Joel Connelly published 6 May 2015 by seattlepi.com Shell: We have ‘backup plans’ if blocked from Port of Seattle Royal Dutch Shell has “backup plans” if it is blocked from using the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 as home port for its Arctic drilling fleet, a senior company executive told reporters at a conference in […]

Greenpeace seeks dismissal of Shell lawsuit seeking safety zones around Arctic drill fleet

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorneys for Greenpeace Inc. say Royal Dutch Shell PLC has demonstrated no harm from environmental protesters who boarded a ship carrying a drill rig last month. In a written motion, Greenpeace asked U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to reject Shell’s request for court-ordered, expanded safety […]

Seattle ruling won’t derail Shell’s Arctic quest, executive vows

Seattle ruling won’t derail Shell’s Arctic quest, executive vows Posted on May 5, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy HOUSTON — A ruling by the city of Seattle may throw a wrench into Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, but it won’t delay the company’s plans to bore two new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, […]

Shell’s Arctic oil setback – unlawful use of Seattle Port

The Port of Seattle is violating its shoreline permit in allowing Shell to set up a ‘home port’ for its Arctic oil drilling fleet, according to Seattle officials. The finding could nix Shell’s oil drilling plans for the 2015 season. By Oliver Tickell: 5 May 2015 Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic […]