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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 moreLike this:Like Loading…

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 […]

Cindy Shogan: Executive director, Alaska Wilderness League: 28 July 2015 Last week, myself, staff members from Alaska Wilderness League, a few mascots and some inflatable kayaks made our way to Lafayette Park just outside the president’s house — joining in the “kayaktivist” movement to protect the Arctic from Shell. The Save the Arctic movement has grown […]

Senate bill would give oil companies a decade more to drill in Arctic leases

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: July 27, 2015 WASHINGTON – Shell and other oil companies with leases in U.S. Arctic waters could get an extra 10 years to develop them under a proposal advancing in the Senate. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, embedded the Arctic lease provisions in a broader bill that also would lift the U.S. crude […]

Big oil to sharpen focus on costs after $200bn of cuts

Europe’s biggest oil companies have to find deeper cuts as oil prices expected to weigh on earnings By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor: 27 July 2015 Three of Europe’s biggest oil companies will report weaker earnings this week and the City is looking for guidance on how to mitigate a sustained slump in Brent crude prices […]

Damaged Shell icebreaker arrives in Oregon for repairs

By – Associated Press – Saturday, July 25, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project, has arrived in Oregon for repairs. Portland Police officials said the 380-foot icebreaker arrived at a Swan Island dry dock about 3 […]

Kayakers will greet Shell Oil icebreaker this weekend

Friday, 24 July 2015 14:19 | Written by Steve Law Adopting a page from Seattle protesters, Portlanders concerned about oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean will take to kayaks on Saturday, when Shell Oil’s icebreaker, the Fennica, is expected to arrive at Swan Island for needed repairs. The icebreaker is needed in the Arctic as […]

Shell icebreaker bound for Portland

Protests are expected to greet vessel EO Media Group: 24 July 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s MSV Fennica icebreaker vessel passed through Astoria Friday evening and picked up a U.S. Coast Guard escort on its way up the Columbia River to Portland. The vessel, which suffered a 39-inch gash in its hull and is bound for […]

Arctic drilling: Obama gives Shell the go-ahead despite 75% chance of major oil spills

ALICE HARROLD: THE INDEPENDENT: Friday 24 July 2015 The Obama administration has granted permission to Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea, off the northwest coast of Alaska. The company was given the final approval for its application to drill in the Arctic on Wednesday in what was a major loss for […]

Green Activists Outraged At U.S. Approval Of Shell Arctic Drilling

By Andy Tully: 23 July 2015 Environmental activists are furious that the Obama administration is allowing Royal Dutch Shell to begin its much-debated drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer, even with one remaining condition. Two permits were issued July 22 by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, but with the provision that […]

A Bad Call on Shell

Michael Brune: Executive Director, The Sierra Club: 23 July 2015 The Obama administration inched a little closer to disaster yesterday when it issued almost-but-not-quite final approval to Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. Because Shell’s capping stack (a critical piece of emergency response equipment) is currently on its way to Portland, […]

Shell banned from Arctic oil drilling without emergency equipment

Icebreaker that holds the required equipment has been sent for repairs, which could take weeks Royal Dutch Shell has been granted two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but the US has banned the company from drilling for oil until emergency equipment arrives in the region. The US Interior Department’s […]

U.S. says Shell is not yet allowed to drill in Arctic oil zone

The Department of the Interior conditionally granted Shell permits for oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska. Timothy Gardner: Jul 22, 2015  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell <RDSa.L> two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into […]

Shell gets permits necessary for limited oil exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast

Associated Press: July 22, 2015 | 4:29 p.m. EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast. The two permits issued Wednesday clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with conditions. Shell can only drill the top sections of […]

Dear Mr. President: Prove Your Climate Rhetoric and Stop Arctic Drilling

  Miyoko Sakashita: Oceans Director, Center for Biological Diversity: 21 July 2015 Dear Mr. President: I’ve often been struck by your soaring rhetoric on combating climate change, transitioning to clean energy sources, and protecting the natural environment. Clearly on some level you get it, as you’ve demonstrated in speech after speech. That’s why I don’t understand […]

Simon Henry sells £423,400 ($660,736.58) worth of stock in Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry sold 20,000 shares of Royal Dutch Shell Plc stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 2,117 ($33.04), for a total transaction of £423,400 ($660,736.58). Simon knows more than we do about Shell’s ill-fated 2015 Arctic Drilling campaign.   The cost […]

Investors Are Underestimating Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Deal To Buy BG Group plc

By Rupert Hargreaves – Monday, 20 July, 2015 Large-cap FTSE 100 blue chips like Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) are considered to be relatively safe investments. Unfortunately, Shell has been trying to go against this belief over the past year. During the past 12 months Shell has taken on three high-risk projects, all of which could cripple the company if […]

Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts come under fire in Unalaska

Jim Paulin: Dutch Harbor Fisherman: July 19, 2015 Shell came under criticism at a meeting in Unalaska last week from an unlikely pair, a representative of Greenpeace concerned about global environmental impacts and city official — and pro-developoment booster — Frank Kelty, complaining about local impacts brought by the influx of oil company workers filling up the […]

Cold receptions for Shell in Lower 48 ports mean opportunity for Alaska

Frank Murkowski: July 19, 2015 A dynamic event is underway in Arctic Alaska today: one that, if successful, could have a profound effect on our state’s economy. Shell Alaska is preparing to drill for oil this summer in Alaska’s offshore continental shelf. To date, Shell has expended over $7 billion in gearing up for their effort. […]

Why Shell had the worst week ever

By Tony Dokoupil: 19 July 2015 This should have been one of Shell’s best weeks ever. Instead, it shaped up like the corporate equivalent of “The Hangover Part III.” And a happy ending is nowhere in sight.  This was supposed to be seven-day stretch of toothy smiles, hearty back-slaps and healthy runs on the company’s stock […]

Barrow, a town divided over Shell’s drilling

Krista Langlois | High Country News: July 19, 2015 BARROW — As Royal Dutch Shell’s massive drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, chugs its way up the Alaska coast, the 4,700 residents of America’s northernmost town was focused on a different event: the annual Nalukataq festival, in which the entire community shares in the bounty of a […]

Activists Gather At Goleta Beach To Protest Arctic Drilling

Alys Martinez, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Reporter, [email protected]: 18 July 2015 GOLETA, Calif. – Activists gathered at Goleta Beach Saturday to protest Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. We’re here because Shell is threatening to drill in the Arctic and we need to say “Shell no!” said Becca Classen of Food […]

Kayactavists Prepare For Shell Icebreaker To Arrive In Portland

by Amelia Templeton OPB | July 18, 2015 Climate change activists in Portland are planning to take to the water in kayaks to engage in civil disobedience when an ice-breaking vessel working for the Royal Dutch Shell oil company arrives at a local dry dock for repairs. The ship, the MSV Fennica, is part of the fleet […]

Bozeman’s Arctic Ocean Day of Action protests drilling in Arctic

BY LEWIS KENDALL Chronicle Staff Writer Paddling protesters took to local waters Saturday in an effort to protect the remote seas of the Arctic. A handful of activists floated in kayaks on Hyalite Reservoir holding signs that read “Shell No” — a reference to oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell, which, after receiving the federal […]

Shell Rigs Leave Dutch for Chukchi, To Wait

By Liz Ruskin, APRN | July 17, 2015 Shell is still moving its ships and equipment into the Arctic, even as one of its icebreakers prepares to head back south for repairs. The unexpected crack in the hull of the ship called the Fennica has added a measure of uncertainty to the start of the […]

Shell-contracted drillship begins final Arctic journey

Jul 17 2015, 16:39 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) still does not have the final permits it needs to begin boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, but today’s sendoff of the Noble Discoverer drilling rig suggests the company’s confidence that those […]

Shell’s Arctic Drilling Adventure Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

By Rebecca Leber: 15 July 2015 This month may mark the end of a decade-long saga that’s highlighted the lengths to which oil companies will go to drill in the Arctic—and the huge risks such endeavors entail. If everything goes according to plan, Royal Dutch Shell will soon bury its first drill bit into the […]

Environmentalists insist feds must block Shell’s Arctic drilling while icebreaker is away

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 15 July 2015 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration cannot allow Shell to launch exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean — even initial site preparation — without the company’s two contracted icebreakers on site, environmentalists argue. One of those icebreakers, the MSV Fennica, is headed to Oregon for repairs after its […]

George Clooney and Greenpeace take aim at Shell

Written by Rita Brown – 13/07/2015 7:55 am George Clooney is leading a star-studded line-up in the latest round with Shell over plans for its Arctic drilling. The Hollywood megastar has closed ranks with Dame Judie Dench, Jerry Hall, Chris Martin, Kate Moss and Peter Capaldi for a T-shirt campaign designed by Vivienne Westwood for […]

Shell’s damaged Arctic drilling support vessel will go to Oregon for repair

Shell’s damaged Arctic drilling support vessel will go to Oregon for repair Dan Joling | Associated Press: July 13, 2015 Shell oil company will send a damaged ship carrying equipment required for Arctic offshore oil drilling from Alaska back to the West Coast for repairs. Royal Dutch Shell PLC ‘s drilling schedule for two exploratory wells […]

Stand down, Greenpeace; Shell can sabotage Arctic drilling just fine on its own

The most powerful argument against Shell in the Arctic is Shell in the Arctic. Shannyn Moore: July 11, 2015 Shell Oil is going to save the Arctic from oil drilling. That’s not to dismiss the efforts of environmental activists organizing “Shell No” gatherings or chaining themselves to a drilling rig to protest Arctic oil exploration. I […]