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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]