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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell to drop ‘Oil’ from its name? Um, no.

By Tony Dokoupil: 15 July 2015 It seemed like a hopeful sign of the times: News that Shell Oil might soon drop the word “oil” from its name. British Petroleum made a similar move not long ago, rechristening itself as BP, a company with a vision “beyond petroleum.” But alas, Shell is not changing its name. […]

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 […]

Celebrities get shirty to freeze Shell out of Arctic

Article published by The Sunday Times Extract from article by Gareth Rubin Published 12 July 2015 DAME Judi Dench, George Clooney, Kate Moss and Peter Capaldi are among 60 celebrities lending their faces to a campaign to shame Shell over its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. They have been photographed in a T-shirt […]

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water?

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water? Damaged Arctic icebreaker’s route questioned Posted on July 10, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — New marine tracking data shows a Shell-contracted icebreaker may have crossed through shallow waters that offered little clearance between the vessel’s bottom and the ocean floor before a 3-foot […]

Approval requested for repairs to icebreaker in Shell’s Arctic quest

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 9 July 2015 WASHINGTON – Shell is making plans to repair an icebreaker that plays a pivotal role in its Arctic drilling program, even as clues emerged Thursday about what might have torn a meter-long gash in the vessel. Arctia Offshore, the owner of the Shell-contracted MSV Fennica, has asked the […]

Shell U.S. Unit May Drop ‘Oil’ From Name in Sign of Times

by Gerrit De Vynck: 9 July 2015 The U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc may soon drop the word “oil” from its name in a move that would symbolize its transition to other sources of energy, an executive said. With Shell Oil Co.’s parent focusing more on natural gas and looking at other energy […]

City manager says repairs underway on vessel

City manager says repairs underway on vessel BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Shell is being cautious on whether damage to an ice-handling vessel near Dutch Harbor will affect the company’s 2015 Chukchi Sea exploration. The 380-foot Fennica hit a submerged object, possibly World War II debris, while departing July 3 and was returned […]

Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years

Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent Last modified on Thursday 9 July 2015  ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to […]

Icebreaker key to Shell’s Arctic drilling program damaged, returns to port

Alex DeMarban: Alaska Dispatch News: July 7, 2015 In another hurdle for Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program, an ice-handling vessel playing a key role in the operation has returned to Dutch Harbor after a gash was discovered in its hull. The Fennica, a 380-foot Finnish vessel, was damaged Friday as it headed for the drilling grounds in the Chukchi Sea […]

Shell’s ice management vessel damaged in Alaska

Wed Jul 8, 2015 12:46am IST Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s icebreaker vessel Fennica returned to the Dutch Harbor in Alaska with a small breech in the hull, raising concerns about the company’s plan to resume drilling in the Arctic later this month. Shell said in June it plans to restart drilling for oil in the […]

Hull damage forces Shell Arctic support ship in for repairs

BY MARK THIESSEN: Associated Press: July 7, 2015 An icebreaker carrying a key piece of equipment for Arctic drilling planned by Royal Dutch Shell off the northern coast of Alaska was forced to return to dock after a hole more than three feet long was discovered in its hull, the company said Tuesday. It was unclear […]

Shell’s Arctic icebreaker damaged in Alaska

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 7 July 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell’s drive to resume Arctic drilling this summer has hit another speed bump, with the discovery of a hole in the hull of an ice management vessel meant to safeguard the company’s operations in the Chukchi Sea. The MSV Fennica was on its way from Dutch […]

In the Race to Control the Arctic, the U.S. Lags Behind

BY BOB REISS 7/6/15 It was just after Christmas 2012, and the Kulluk, a 250-foot-high, floating oil-drill rig, swung like a metronome in gale-force winds blowing through the Gulf of Alaska. The tug that had been towing the rig bobbed helplessly in 50-foot waves, her four diesel engines flooded with seawater as the rig’s skeleton […]

Shell set to begin Arctic oil drilling within two weeks

Environmentalists took to kayaks to protest Shell’s Arctic exploration plans (Source: Getty) by Clara Guibourg: 6 July 2015 Oil giant Shell is set to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks, as 30 ships have left Alaskan harbours towards two exploratory wells. The Arctic is one of the planet’s most […]

Shell embarks on controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of £4.5bn quest for oil

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 3 July 2015 Shell has kicked off its controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of a £4.5billion search for oil under the region’s freezing, pristine seas. After being forced to embarrassingly abandon its plans in 2012 and pulling out after finding gas in the 1990s, Shell’s convoy of 30 […]

Shell Arctic oil drilling to commence within weeks

…if the initial wells do not find oil, Shell will contemplate walking away from the region entirely. By Richard Anderson: Business reporter, BBC News: 3 July 2015 Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks. Thirty ships left Dutch Harbor in Alaska on Thursday […]

Arctic Drilling Future Now Rests On One Well

By Charles Kennedy: Wed, 01 July 2015 Royal Dutch Shell is nearing a start to drilling in the Arctic, but has run into some hiccups. The U.S. government decided that Shell cannot actually drill both of its wells in the Chukchi Sea as planned. The Interior Department said that doing so would run afoul of its […]

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to […]

Shell Secures New Authorization in Pursuing Arctic Drilling

Shell Secures New Authorization in Pursuing Arctic Drilling JUNEAU, Alaska — Jun 30, 2015: By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Royal Dutch Shell has secured another federal authorization as it pursues plans to drill exploration wells in the Arctic waters off the Alaska coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday issued a letter of authorization […]

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:33pm EDT (Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The Noble Discover is the […]

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained By Jennifer Sullivan: Seattle Times staff reporter: 30 June 2015 An oil-drilling rig that was protested by activists in kayaks pulled out of Everett early Tuesday morning, and some of the kayakers were detained by the Coast Guard. Shell’s Noble Discoverer will join the Polar Pioneer to sink […]

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor By Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska | June 29, 2015 Billions of dollars worth of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are sitting out in the Bay in front of Dutch Harbor this week. The company has plans to take most of that […]