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Latest On Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Drilling Plan

Bidness Etc discusses when Shell can resume drilling in the Arctic and analyses the problems it faces By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Aug 11, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is ready to begin drilling in the Arctic. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement had previously banned the company from drilling at certain petroleum […]

Ann Pickard: the little-known executive leading Shell’s gamble on Arctic oil

Pickard is known as one of the oil industry’s toughest political operators with a history of doing whatever it takes to further Shell’s interests – and the Arctic is ‘just too big a prize’ to leave read more

Shell ready to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic

Karl Mathiesen: Tuesday 11 August 2015 Shell is set to restart its controversial hunt for Arctic oil, three years after the company’s last ill-fated venture north. A spokeswoman for the company said: “Fennica is in the Chukchi Sea, drilling continues, and we have requested the permit to drill deeper in this exploration well.” FULL ARTICLE

Shell asks for approval on deeper Arctic drilling

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: August 10, 2015 WASHINGTON – Shell is asking federal regulators for permission to drill deeper into potential oil-bearing rock thousands of feet below the Chukchi Sea. Although the company has been drilling a well at its Burger Prospect since July 30, Interior Department regulators have limited the company’s work to the top […]

For the sake of the Inupiat, Shell should give up drilling in the Arctic

Othniel Art Oomittuk Jr.: August 10, 2015 Inupiaq people, who have inhabited the uppermost one-third of the state of Alaska, known as the Arctic, for millennia, are part of a larger circumpolar indigenous Inuit nation. The current population of the Inupiat in Alaska is about 13,500 (source: University of Alaska Fairbanks). Point Hope is the longest […]

Trumpets, pianos and violins. On Shell’s doorstep for an entire month

Shell are in the Arctic as we speak. They’re waiting eagerly for the greenlight, then they’ll start drilling deep into the sea floor, risking huge oil spills. That’s why we’re going face to face with the bosses who’ve the power to call it all off – at Shell’s London HQ right now. Day after day, […]

Shell Seeks Modified Permit for Arctic Offshore Drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Aug 10, 2015: By DAN JOLING Associated Press Royal Dutch Shell PLC has applied to amend its federal permit to allow drilling into oil-bearing rock in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northwest coast. Shell last month received permission to begin some drilling in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE’) Sea but was banned from digging into […]

Arctic Drilling: Inspectors Watching Shell 24/7

By MarEx 2015-08-07  Shell has started its drilling operations in the Arctic and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is keeping very close tabs on their activities. BSEE Inspectors arrived in the Chukchi Sea to ensure the oil major is in compliance with federal regulations and safety standards. The BSEE will oversee Shell’s […]

Shell Oil will drop its membership in ALEC, citing differences over climate change

The washingtonBy Steven Mufson August 7, 2015 Shell Oil will not renew its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, citing differences with the controversial corporate lobbying group over the issue of climate change. “ALEC advocates for specific economic growth initiatives, but its stance on climate change is clearly inconsistent with our own,” said Curtis Smith, a […]

People will remember Shell Oil as a symbol of planet-destroying greed

Bill McKibben: Thursday, August 6, 2015  Shell Oil’s icebreaker Fennica is apparently on its way to the Arctic, ending a dramatic week-long siege that saw activists dangle from bridges and blockade the Portland harbor with kayaks, and a federal court threaten environmentalists with heavy fines. Amid the drama of the action, and the drama of […]

Why Native Alaskans Support Shell’s Arctic Drilling

by Paul Barrett: August 6, 2015: BLOOMBERG.COM Activists trying to stop Shell’s offshore oil drilling in the U.S.’s Arctic Ocean region invoke the interests of native Alaskans. “These communities depend on this environment for food and resources and have stewarded it for centuries,” Greenpeace says, as part of its “The People vs. Shell” campaign—what the group […]

Source: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management BY TIM BRADNER ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: 06. 08. 2015 Shell is finally drilling in the Chukchi Sea. The semi-submersible Polar Pioneer “spudded” the Burger J well at 5 p.m. July 30, company spokeswoman Meg Baldino said. Meanwhile, an ice-management vessel sent to Oregon for repairs, the Fennica, is […]

‘It’s just too big a prize': Why Shell sticks to Chukchi plans, despite obstacles

Alaska Dispatch News: August 5, 2015 Despite tumbling oil prices, rising costs, legal woes, heated political opposition and a series of missteps and misadventures, Royal Dutch Shell is pushing forward with its plan to drill for oil in the offshore regions of Alaska’s remote Chukchi Sea. Why? In a wide-ranging narrative, Bloomberg Business details the company’s struggles in […]

Inside Shell’s Extreme Plan to Drill for Oil in the Arctic

by Paul Barrett and Benjamin Elgin: 5 August 2015: BLOOMBERG.COM Protesters near the Polar Pioneer.: Photographer: Keri Coles/Greenpeace In a windowless conference room in Anchorage, a dozen Royal Dutch Shell employees report on the highest-profile oil project in the multinational’s vast global portfolio. Warmed by mid-July temperatures, Arctic ice in the Chukchi Sea, northwest of the Alaskan mainland, […]

Russia Stakes New Claim to Expanse in the Arctic

By ANDREW E. KRAMER AUG. 4, 2015 MOSCOW — Russia formally staked a claim on Tuesday to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole. If the United Nations committee that arbitrates sea boundaries accepts Russia’s claim, the waters will be subject to Moscow’s oversight on economic matters, including fishing and oil and […]

Crisis In The Arctic

Brigham A. McCown: CONTRIBUTOR: 3 August 2015 Last week, Greenpeace activists succeeded in temporarily halting Shell’s icebreaker, MSV Fennica, from starting its voyage out of Portland, Oregon. The vessel was to join the rest of the fleet on its way to the Artic to begin oil exploration. In defiance of a federal court injunction to halt […]

Greenpeace hold Titanic protest over Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Press Association: 3 August 2015 Environmental campaigners have begun a month of protests over oil giant Shell’s efforts to drill in the Arctic with a Titanic-themed orchestral performance. Greenpeace is holding protests outside Shell’s London headquarters against the company’s attempts to undertake oil drilling in the Arctic, which the campaigners warn could lead to environmental […]

Greenpeace performs arctic requiem in effort to touch hearts over Shell drilling

A string group plays Requiem for Arctic Ice outside Shell’s London HQ as part of Greenpeace’s musical protest against the company’s arctic drilling. Photograph: Cobb/Greenpeace/PA Shell staff arriving for work in London were regaled with a new piece, Requiem for Arctic Ice, on Monday morning, performed by a string orchestra in protest at the energy […]

Greenpeace holds Titanic-themed musical protest at Shell HQ over Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace held a Titanic-themed musical protest outside Shell’s offices this morning after the oil company began drilling operations in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea last week. by Anna Reynolds: 3 August 2015 The orchestral performance entitled ‘Requiem for Arctic Ice’ was inspired by the quartet playing on the Titanic as the ship went down. Today’s protest on […]

Choose Shell Over Greenpeace For Arctic Oil And Natural Gas

Jude Clemente: 2 August 2015 Greenpeace’s ongoing attack on Royal Dutch Shell is a concern for energy resource and thus human development around the world. It failed, but Greenpeace just tried to stop Shell’s icebreaker from leaving port in Portland, Oregon, in the hopes of blocking Shell’s drilling plans in the Arctic. Greenpeacers dangled from ropes […]

Waitrose and Shell in talks to expand convenience store partnership despite Greenpeace anger

Waitrose currently has 15 stores in Shell stations. (Neil Hall/Reuters) By Ravender Sembhy: July 31, 2015 Supermarket Waitrose is in talks to open more stores in petrol stations belonging to oil and gas major Shell, despite protestations from Greenpeace. There are currently 15 Little Waitrose shops located on Shell forecourts, but Greenpeace has argued that […]

Shell resumes offshore drilling in Arctic

Oil giant Shell has resumed offshore drilling off the coast of Alaska following a two-day delay by Greenpeace activists. The move marks the first time Shell has conducted exploratory drilling in the Arctic since 2012. Date 01.08.2015 Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced on Friday that drilling operations had resumed in the Chukchi Sea off the […]

Shell resumes drilling in Alaska’s Arctic waters for first time since 2012

Yereth RosenAlaska Dispatch News: July 31, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell began drilling an exploratory well in Alaska’s offshore waters Thursday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the company said. At about 5 p.m. Alaska time, the Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling at the Anglo-Dutch oil company’s Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to Anchorage-based spokeswoman Megan Baldino. The move came on […]

Portland’s bridge-hangers and ‘kayaktivists’ claim win in Shell protest

In two of the most daring days in the modern environmental movement, Greenpeace activists set social media ablaze and, despite the Fennica’s moving on toward the Arctic, hailed the action as a ‘historic achievement FULL ARTICLE

Greenpeace 1, Shell 1

Himler Contributor: Media, tech & marketing through the eyes of a seasoned PR strategist. : 31 July 2015 It was the early nineties and I was headed down to Houston with a video crew in tow. Our task: to capture generic footage of motorists filling up at Shell gas stations for use as part of a […]

Help offered to Disinfect Shell’s Soiled Reputation

By John Donovan Because of our domain name, many people wrongly gain the impression that this is a Shell website.   I can only guess they have not studied the site very carefully. This misunderstanding generates emails meant for Shell every day (including job applications). Yesterday we received an email from an irate American microbiologist (name and […]

Shareholders should demand that Shell’s activities in the Arctic be stopped

By a Regular Contributor Hopefully, Shell will soon accept that in the US Arctic their position is now untenable… If RDS wants to cut capex (and exposure), FLNG is a good place to start, as Simon Henry suggested yesterday. The Arctic should be next.  The Arctic is rapidly acquiring a similar profile to the Brent […]

Shell ship heads for Arctic

CBS/AP July 31, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. — Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation. The Fennica left dry dock Thursday afternoon and made its way down the […]

US Coast Guard ends Shell icebreaker bridge protest

Environmental activists have been removed from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, allowing an icebreaker to join a US Arctic oil-drilling operation. Police lowered the Greenpeace campaigners dangling on ropes from St John’s Bridge into boats, while the Coast Guard cleared dozens of kayaks. The icebreaker, chartered by Royal Dutch Shell, had been prevented from leaving […]

Fines ordered as long as ship blocked from heading to Arctic

By STEVEN DuBOIS and DAN JOLING PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Alaska on Thursday ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters dangle from a bridge in Oregon and block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic. There was no […]

Shell Icebreaker Retreats After Morning Showdown

by Jes Burns and Cassandra Profita OPB | July 29, 2015 2:34 p.m. | Updated: July 30, 2015 8:58 a.m. | Portland, Oregon A Shell icebreaking vessel being protested by activist groups has turned around and is headed back toward the dry dock after a morning showdown with protesters. The St. Johns Bridge was reopened after […]

Shell, Greenpeace headed back to court Thursday

BY ELWOOD BREHMER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: 30 July 2015 Shell and Greenpeace USA will go back to court Thursday to determine if Greenpeace protesters are violating a court injunction after a Wednesday teleconference hearing before Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason yielded little. The 4 p.m. hearing on Shell’s emergency motion, which was […]

‘Shell No!': Dangling from a bridge to stop Arctic drilling

By Justin Wm. Moyer July 30, 2015 In the annals of extreme protesting, there are tree-sitters and there are sleeping dragons. Add to these the bridge-dangle — a technique craftily employed by 13 environmental activists in Portland, Ore., who wish to prevent a ship vital to Royal Dutch Shell Arctic drilling from leaving the Lower 48. […]

LA Times Editorial: Drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea isn’t worth the risk

A polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. The U.S. Interior Department has said updated scientific models don’t bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only state in the nation with the white bears. (Brian Battaile / Associated Press) By THE TIMES […]

Activists hang off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker from returning to Alaska

Steven Dubois | Associated Press: July 29, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. — Environmental activists rappelled off Portland’s tallest bridge early Wednesday in an effort to stop a Shell Oil Arctic icebreaker from leaving the city. Thirteen protesters dangled from the St. Johns Bridge while another 13 remained on the bridge as lookouts. Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard […]

Greenpeace Suspends Climbers off Portland Bridge to Block Shell’s Arctic Icebreaker Ship

BY ZOË SCHLANGER 7/29/15 Early Wednesday morning, 26 climbers affiliated with the environmental group Greenpeace rappelled off the edge of St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and suspended themselves in a row, forming what they hope will be a human blockade to prevent a Shell ship from leaving for the Arctic. They each have enough […]

Protesters in Portland dangle from bridge in a bid to block Shell icebreaker

In Portland, environmental activists test out a new tactic: Climbers have rappelled off a bridge to block a Shell icebreaker. By Evan Bush and Hal Bernton: July 29, 2015  Trying to delay Shell’s Arctic ice-breaking ship in Portland, 13 protesters are dangling from the St. Johns Bridge, which spans the Willamette River. The protesters rappelled from the bridge at […]

Greenpeace again stands in Shell’s way to arctic

Activists hang under the St Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, in an attempt to block the Shell-leased icebreaker MSV Fennica. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Greenpeace PORTLAND, Ore., July 29 (UPI) — Greenpeace said Wednesday several of its activists have suspended themselves from an Oregon bridge using climbing gear in a protest against Royal Dutch Shell. “The next […]

Activists hang from bridge in Portland to block Shell’s Arctic vessel

Greenpeace climbers plan to spend days hanging from the bridge in Portland, Oregon in an attempt to hinder Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans read more

Oregon ‘kayaktivists’ to protest Shell Arctic oil search

PORTLAND, ORE., JULY 28 | BY SHELBY SEBENS Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday’s scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to […]