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Shell moving rigs to north Alaska ahead of possible drilling permit

Article by Carl Surran published 25 March 2015 by SeekingAlpha.com Shell moving rigs to north Alaska ahead of possible drilling permit Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) is moving oil rigs to Alaska in anticipation of the possible resumption of its Arctic drilling program two years after the grounding of a rig led to a huge […]

Legal action hopes to make Shell port-less in Seattle

Article by Kevin McGwin published 26 March 2015 by The Arctic Journal under the headline: What the Shell is going on? Legal action hopes to make Shell port-less in Seattle On March 22, The Guardian, a British media outlet popular among the left-of-centre, announced that Shell’s approval to resume its Alaska drilling programme this summer […]

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

From an article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published 26 March 2015 by fuelfix.com Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system WASHINGTON — Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with government officials observing the exercises. Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing as it plans a new round […]

Anti-Shell Protest at White House

From an article by Liz Ruskin published 24 March 2015 by Alaska Public Media under the headline: 26th Anniversary of Exxon Spill Prompts anti-Shell Protest at White House It’s the 26th anniversary of America’s second largest oil spill, when an Exxon tanker leaving Valdez Arm ran aground, leaking 11 million gallons of North Slope Crude […]

Here’s Why Shell Drilling Proposition In Arctic Is Facing Opposition

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Mar 23, 2015 at 10:54 am EST According to the Guardian, Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) will most probably get an approval by the US government to drill in the Arctic. An approval last month was given by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BEOM). A formal statement is expected […]

Money Talks

By Seattle Times editorial board published 23 March 2015 under the headline: Terminal 5 Shell lease is not the right arena to debate climate change SOON, two huge oil rigs will be parked at the Port of Seattle, preparing for a summer sailing to the Alaskan Arctic and for exploratory drilling. The Port’s decision in February to […]

Shell Oil will be given permission to drill in the Arctic

HOUSTON, March 22 (UPI) — Shell Oil Company, one of the largest oil companies in the world, will soon be allowed to drill for oil in the American Arctic. The decision rests on the U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who is expected to announce the decision on Wednesday. The drilling will occur in […]

Shell oil drilling in Arctic set to get US government permission

From an article by Terry Macalister published by the Guardian on Sunday 22 March 2015: Shell oil drilling in Arctic set to get US government permission The US government is expected this week to give the go-ahead to a controversial plan by Shell to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic. The green light from Sally Jewell, the […]

Judge: Suit against Shell’s Arctic-drilling ‘homeport’ in Seattle can go ahead

Article by Joel Connelly published 20 March 2015 by seattlepi.com Judge: Suit against Shell’s Arctic-drilling ‘homeport’ in Seattle can go ahead Critics are on solid legal ground in a legal challenge to the location of a “homeport” for Shell Oil’s Arctic-drilling fleet at the Seattle waterfront, a King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday. The […]

Arctic Drilling: Key decisions due at end of March for Shell

ARTICLE BY TIM BRADNER OF ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE, PUBLISHED 19 MARCH 2015 Key decisions due at end of March for Shell Extracts A key federal decision is shaping up for Shell at the end of this month. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, expects to issue a final decision by March […]

Shell’s climate change strategy: narcissistic, paranoid, and psychopathic

In an open letter to Shell’s Ben Van Beurden, the UK’s former top climate envoy says now is the time for to show leadership  By John Ashton Dear Mr van Beurden – one month ago, at the IP Week dinner in London, you gave a speech calling on your peers, as you put it in […]

Seattle’s Silly War On Oil Rigs

From an article by Loren Steffy published 16 March 2015 by Forbes.com under the headline: Seattle’s Silly War On Oil Rigs: Reminder, The City Is Also Home To Boeing, The World’s Largest Jet Maker If a plane flies over Seattle, does anyone hear it? Probably not, because they’re all down at the docks protesting the parking […]

Shell reports on plans for Arctic drilling

Article by Carey Restino published 13 March 2015 by The Bristol Bay Times “After 2012, every aspect of our plan is under a microscope and every aspect is carefully monitored, including the impact on marine mammals,” Leaders from southwest Alaska were briefed last week on Shell Oil’s plans for the 2015 season, hearing how the […]

Shell expects to drill offshore Alaska this year

UPI article by Daniel J. Graeber published 12 March 2015 Shell’s preliminary drilling program in arctic waters offshore Alaska in 2012 was plagued by problems, including a grounded drilling rig, violations of air pollution limits, engine failures on a tow ship and an oil spill containment system damaged during testing. THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 12 (UPI) […]

Port: Enviros playing politics with suit against Shell Arctic fleet homeport

From an article by Joel Connelly published 11 March 2015 by Seattlepi.com  Port: Enviros playing politics with suit against Shell Arctic fleet homeport Extracts Environmentalists are using a court suit to pursue political goals and have no legal standing to block a lease that will base Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet at Terminal 5 on […]

A Port pledge? Shell’s Arctic fleet out in 2 years, no more lightning leases

From an article by Joel Connelly published 10 March 2015 by Seattlepi.com A Port pledge? Shell’s Arctic fleet out in 2 years, no more lightning leases With a $5.8 billion investment, Shell is determined to return to Alaska’s Chukchi Sea this summer. The Seattle Port Commission is seeking a passage to calmer waters after facing […]

City aims monkey wrench at homeport for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet

Article by Joel Connelly published 9 March 2015 by Seattlepi.com City aims monkey wrench at homeport for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet Seattle city officials on Monday tossed a carefully aimed monkey wrench into plans, approved last month by the Seattle Port Commission, to use the Seattle waterfront as base of operations for Shell Oil’s Arctic […]

U.S. to decide soon on Shell request for extra time on Arctic leases

Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Houston Chronicle: March 4, 2015 U.S. to decide soon on Shell request for extra time on Arctic leases Extracts WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will decide soon whether to sign off on Shell’s request for extra time to hunt for oil in Arctic waters, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. Without action, Shell’s […]

Lawsuit challenges Port of Seattle lease for Shell Arctic drilling fleet

Posted by Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, [email protected]: Mar 02, 2015 ANCHORAGE – An array of Washington-based environmental groups has sued the Port of Seattle over a leasing agreement to host Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling fleet, claiming the deal was negotiated in secret and may pollute the port. Shell contractor Foss Maritime received a two-year lease, […]

Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet

SEATTLE (AP) – A coalition of environmental groups says it’s planning to sue to stop Royal Dutch Shell PLC from use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet. Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet Posted: Mar 02, 2015 6:13 PM GMT SEATTLE (AP) – A coalition of […]

Offshore oil drilling opponents scold Port of Seattle for Shell deal

Article by Ted Land, KING 5 News: 24 Feb 2015 SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle got quite the earful, Tuesday from a group opposed to offshore oil drilling. They’re irate that the port is doing business with Shell, which plans to use Terminal 5, near West Seattle, as a launching point as it prepares to […]

Salym Shell development in Siberia

By Olga Ivshina, BBC News, Western Siberia, published 27 Nov 2014 under the headline: Russian oil industry facing deep freeze Without visiting a well in Western Siberia, you would never realise just how hard it is to extract oil in Russia. Two hours’ drive from the nearest village of Salym, the snow banks are huge and […]

Oil Industry Blasts Latest Rules For Arctic Drilling

This article was written by Oilprice.com , the leading provider of energy news in the world. Oil Industry Blasts Latest Rules For Arctic Drilling The energy industry has been quick to criticize the Obama Administration’s proposed regulations for exploratory drilling in the US Arctic Ocean, calling them “unnecessarily burdensome.” The Interior Department proposed Feb. 20 its […]

New safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling proposed to avoid repeat of Shell disaster

New safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling proposed to avoid repeat of Shell disaster US officials want to make sure companies can handle a blow-out in remote and icy conditions – without inflicting an environmental disaster Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington The Obama administration proposed new rules for Arctic oil drilling on Friday in an attempt […]

Shell one step closer to resuming exploration in the Chukchi Sea

From an article by Tim Bradner published by Alaska Journal of Commerce on 12 Feb 2015 under the headline: “One regulatory hurdle cleared for Arctic OCS drilling” Shell is officially one step closer to resuming exploration in the Chukchi Sea. On Thursday the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its final supplemental environmental impact […]

HSBC Tax Scandal: Revelations pending about a major oil company

HSBC whistleblower: There are ‘more revelations’ By John Donovan We know that Royal Dutch Shell has a long track record of tax dodging. The most recent example occurred during its Arctic Drilling debacle, when it recklessly sent a drilling ship to sea in the face of a storm, trying to avoid a tax bill.  According to a BBC News […]

Port of Seattle hosts Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet

From an article by Joe Connelly published 11Feb 2015 by Seattlepi.com under the headline: Port of Seattle quietly signs homeport lease for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet Extracts The Port of Seattle has quietly inked a two-year lease under which Shell Oil will use Terminal 5 on the Seattle waterfront as the base for its efforts […]

Oil companies Arctic projects in deep freeze

Information and graphic sourced from an FT article by Richard Milne in Oslo, Christopher Adams in London and Ed Crooks in New York, published 6 February 2015. The first of two drilling rigs contracted by Shell will soon leave Singapore and once sea ice has sufficiently receded, will embark on a summer drilling project in U.S. […]

Arctic Standards Won’t Be Ready For Shell’s Return

From an article by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media: February 2, 2015 “Arctic Standards Won’t Be Ready For Shell’s Return” After Shell’s troubled 2012 drilling season in the far north, the Interior Department began working on Arctic-specific standards for offshore drilling. But those new standards aren’t done yet. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says they won’t […]

Arctic Oil On Life Support

From an OilPrice.com article by Nick Cunningham published 1 Feb 2015 under the headline: “Arctic Oil On LifeSupport” Oil companies have eyed the Arctic for years. With an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil lying north of the Arctic Circle, the circumpolar north is arguably the last corner of the globe that is still almost […]

Inside Shell’s earnings report: Proof that the Saudis’ oil market strategy is working

By Puneet Kollipara January 29 at 5:43 PM Saudi Arabia shocked the world last fall in breaking from its traditional mold of keeping oil production artificially low to prop up oil prices. Instead, the Saudis and other OPEC nations voted to keep oil output steady even in the face of a global supply surplus, a move seemingly designed […]

Shell’s Arctic Dilemma

CONTRIBUTOR COMMENT In the context of BvB’s comments about the Arctic, it is perhaps worth noting that in the absence of an intention to pursue their Arctic prospects, Shell would be obliged to write off/write down their past expenditure… And that would have resulted in a very miserable result for 2014. The problem has at least been […]

BP Shell merger on the horizon

Potentially, a prolonged period of low oil prices might finally see BP and Shell, like two drunken sailors, holding each other up through the merger that has so long been on the horizon. AN ARTICLE BY ALEX BRUMMER FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED 30 Jan 2015  “ALEX BRUMMER: Big oil players confront the slump by slashing capital […]

Shell bows to investor pressure on climate risk

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:49pm EST (Reuters) – In a rare move, oil major Shell on Thursday backed a resolution proposed by activist investors to force the company to recognize climate change risks by improving its transparency. Shell’s executive vice president of investor relations JJ Traynor said the company would urge shareholders to vote […]

Shell resumes Arctic drilling but cuts $15bn from global investment

Royal Dutch Shell is reviving plans to drill for oil in Arctic in a move likely to intensify its battle with environmentalists. The Anglo-Dutch giant’s chief executive Ben van Beurden accepted that Arctic drilling “divides society”, but said the world needs new sources of oil. Greenpeace said Shell was taking a “massive risk” in a […]

Shell wants to resume drilling in Arctic this summer

By Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso Jan 29 (Reuters) – Oil major Shell wants to revive its Arctic oil drilling programme this year after a near two-year suspension, angering environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too high. Remote and costly to develop, the Arctic is estimated to contain 20 percent of […]

Plan to allow Shell oil drilling fleet in Seattle draws ire

BY PHUONG LE ASSOCIATED PRESS: 01/28/2015 9:43 PM: SEATTLE A plan to allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it’s not consistent with the region’s environmental goals. Several state and national groups, and local city leaders on Wednesday urged […]

Obama moves to block development in 9.8 million acres of Arctic Ocean

Krestia DeGeorge,Nathaniel Herz: January 27, 2015 Citing biodiversity and Alaska Native subsistence whaling, the Obama administration moved to block development in 9.8 million acres within the Beaufort and Chukchi seas as part of a new five-year outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program, the draft of which was released Tuesday morning by the Department of the […]

U.S. Seen Limiting Oil Drilling in Arctic, May Open Atlantic

26 JAN 2015 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Interior Department will lay a framework as soon as Tuesday for oil exploration in the nation’s coastal waters in a five-year plan that is expected to withdraw areas off Alaska while possibly adding parts of the Atlantic. Republican Lisa Murkowski said the head of the offshore energy office […]

You are here Stakes are too high with Arctic drilling, and Shell isn’t ready

From an article by Lois Epstein published 21 Jan 2015 by Alaska Dispatch News Extracts Two years ago on New Year’s Eve, Shell’s Kulluk Arctic offshore drilling rig grounded near Kodiak Island. It was an industrial calamity heard around the world, including a cover story in the Jan. 4 issue of The New York Times […]