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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 […]

Feds say Shell completed test for blow-out well response ahead of Arctic drilling

Feds say Shell completed test for blow-out well response ahead of Arctic drilling Posted on June 18, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell employees and contractors successfully deployed and tested emergency equipment meant to respond to a blown-out well in the Arctic Ocean, federal regulators said Thursday. The exercises, conducted Tuesday and […]

Greenpeace protesters confront Shell Arctic drilling rig off B.C. coast

Greenpeace protesters confront Shell Arctic drilling rig off B.C. coast Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig left Seattle Monday en route to offshore oil drilling in Alaska Protests against Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program continued Wednesday, with Greenpeace activists confronting the drilling rig off the coast of B.C. on its trip north from Seattle, Wash. […]

Shell Arctic Drill Rig Confronted at Sea by Indigenous Activists and Greenpeace Canada

Press release from Greenpeace June 17, 2015 – 4:51pm – By The Arctic Journal Indigenous artist and activist Audrey Siegl today approached the 300-foot-tall Polar Pioneer drill rig in an inflatable boat launched from the MY Esperanza, while two Greenpeace Canada swimmers spread out in the water behind her to put their bodies in the […]

Judge Likens Shell Oil Rig Boarding to Piracy

Article by PHILIP A. JANQUART published by Courthouse News Service, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Judge Likens Shell Oil Rig Boarding to Piracy (CN) – A federal judge refused to dismiss Shell Offshore’s lawsuit accusing Greenpeace protestors of illegally boarding its Alaska-bound oil rig on the high seas. The protestors, including lone U.S. citizen Aliya Field, […]

Shell Arctic Approval Near as Regulator Sees No Show Stopper

Bloomberg.com article by Mark Drajem published 16 June 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc has received U.S. permission to disturb marine mammals as part of its plan to resume oil exploration off Alaska’s Arctic coast as it neared final sign-off from regulators to drill this summer. The last step in the process, approval of a specific drilling […]

As Shell moves toward Arctic, industry decries regulations

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published June 16, 2015 by The Houston Chronicle As Shell moves toward Arctic, industry decries regulations Industry leaders and allies in Congress say red tape will discourage Arctic exploration WASHINGTON – Even as Shell Oil Co. gets closer to drilling new exploratory wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, industry leaders and their congressional […]

Shell Gets U.S. Permit to Disturb Marine Life Off Alaska’s Coast

Bloomberg.com article by Mark Drajem: June 16, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc received U.S. approval to disturb marine mammals as part of its plan to resume oil exploration off Alaska’s Arctic coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an “incidental harassment authorization,” which allows noise from air guns, icebreaking, drilling and anchor handling. The June […]

24 protesters detained after trying to stop Shell drill rig

24 protesters detained after trying to stop Shell drill rig Protesters stand on a barge as they watch the Shell oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, depart from Terminal 5 early in the morning on Monday. (Sy Bean/AP) By PHUONG LE, Associated Press: June 15, 2015 SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has detained two […]

We Must Stop Shell Oil

We Must Stop Shell Oil Jane Fonda Activist, advocate and actress I’ve been in Vancouver for two days where I joined with Greenpeace activists, First Nations peoples, parents, grandparents, professors, students at an amazing 6-hour “Toast The Coast” rally on Jericho Beach to celebrate the pristine beauty of the Northwest coastline and to stop Big Oil […]

Shell arctic oil rig leaves Seattle, met by protesters

Shell arctic oil rig leaves Seattle, met by protesters Michael Konopasek and Travis Pittman, KING 5 News: 15 June 2015 SEATTLE – The Shell Oil arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer headed out of Seattle Monday on its way to Alaska but not before an attempted blockade by protesters in kayaks. Greenpeace says the Coast Guard […]

Kayak protesters detained after trying to stop Shell oil rig from leaving Seattle for Alaska

Kayak protesters detained after trying to stop Shell oil rig from leaving Seattle for Alaska By PHUONG LE Associated Press JUNE 15, 2015 SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has detained several protesters in kayaks who tried to block Royal Dutch Shell’s drill rig as it leaves Seattle on its way to explore […]

‘Kayaktivists’ take to water to try and blockade Shell oil platform

“Kayaktivists” take to water to try and blockade Shell oil platform POSTED 5:14 AM, JUNE 15, 2015, BY JOHN WHITE SEATTLE – Anti-Shell Oil “kayaktivists” took to the waters of Elliott Bay Monday morning, to try and blockade Shell Oil’s “Polar Pioneer” oil rig platform.  Thirteen protesters got into kayaks and headed toward the oil rig […]

Shell wins two more permits for planned Arctic drilling campaign

Shell wins two more permits for planned Arctic drilling campaign By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 13 June 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell has nabbed two more critical government approvals for its planned exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The latest authorizations came from the Environmental Protection Agency, which is allowing Shell to discharge wastewater […]

Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Challenger Sets Sail for Alaska

Bidness Etc takes a look at the first vessel in Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet setting off for Alaska By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Jun 12, 2015  According to oil giant Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) the first vessel in its Arctic drilling fleet, The Arctic Challenger, has set sail from Washington state to Alaska. The fleet intends […]

Arctic drilling opponents hanging from Shell ship in Washington state

Arctic drilling opponents hanging from Shell ship in Washington state Seattle, June 12, 2015 Two activists strapped themselves on Friday to the anchor chain of a Shell Royal Dutch Shell vessel docked in Washington state that will be part of a fleet sent north to Alaska to resume drilling for oil and gas in the […]

Arctic energy debate can be more than Shell rigs and Greenpeace protests

Arctic energy debate can be more than Shell rigs and Greenpeace protests Victoria Herrmann: June 12, 2015 Today, the phrase “Arctic energy” has become synonymous with snowy oil rigs, icy ocean exploration, and Greenpeace activists. The recent conditional approval of Shell’s plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea has reinforced this narrow delineation of energy debates about the […]

First vessel in Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet heads for Alaska

First vessel in Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet heads for Alaska SEATTLE, JUNE 11 | BY VICTORIA CAVALIERE The first vessel in Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet has embarked from Washington state to Alaska ahead of its planned resumption of oil and gas exploration in the remote region this summer, the company said on Thursday. […]

Port commissioner getting donations from executives involved in Shell deal

Port commissioner getting donations from executives involved in Shell deal By Joseph O’Sullivan: Seattle Times Olympia bureau: June 11, 2015 As Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant raises money for his gubernatorial campaign, he’s getting help from executives in companies involved in the deal to bring Shell Oil drilling equipment to a Seattle port terminal. Bryant, a […]

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Shell spill plans in Alaska

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Shell spill plans in Alaska Business News | Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:47pm BST A divided federal appeals court rejected an effort by environmental groups to void a U.S. agency’s approval of two oil spill response plans by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) related to the company’s oil leases […]

Seattle protesters plan kayak blockade to stop Shell rig departure

Seattle protesters plan kayak blockade to stop Shell rig departure June 10, 2015 7:49AM ET Updated 5:30PM ET by Renee Lewis Seattle activists opposed to Arctic drilling have vowed to launch a kayak blockade to prevent the departure of Shell’s drilling rig, and said they have hundreds of protesters standing to hit the water as soon as […]