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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’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses By Reuters: 12:32AM BST 01 July 2015 The Obama administration has dealt a setback to Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil exploration plans, saying established walrus and polar bear protections prevent the company from drilling with two rigs simultaneously at a close range, as it had […]

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo

The lessons for all from the Corrib Gas project in North Mayo Major infrastructure that is years behind schedule and massively over budget Wednesday, 1 July 2015 The Corrib Gas project represents a cautionary example of how large industrial developments should not be handled by governments or multinational companies. A lack of consultation and sensitivity […]

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 […]

Irish Company Freely Admits Distributing Bribes On Behalf of Shell

PHOTO CAPTION FROM RECENT IRISH TIMES ARTICLE: Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Printed below is a […]

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig SEATTLE: 30 June 2015 U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. The Washington state activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations over the […]

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July SEATTLE/WASHINGTON | BY ERIC M. JOHNSON AND TIMOTHY GARDNER: Mon Jun 29, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a […]

Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax

Corrib gas cost overruns deprive State of €600m in tax The €2.4 billion cost overrun is largely as a consequence of opposition to the project, which was stimulated in part by poor management of it at its outset. Peter Murtagh: Tuesday 30 June 2015 The huge cost overrun on Corrib gas, the single most expensive […]

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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell Seeks Funding For Carbon Capture Project

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Jun 29, 2015  Global warming concerns have been receiving more and more media attention, as major oil companies also plan to address the issue, considering its potentially adverse effect on the environment. Goldeneye, an abandoned offshore natural gas production platform that is connected to the Scottish coast via a 100 kilometer long pipeline, […]

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 […]

UK fracking application rejected

An application to start fracking at a site on the Fylde coast in Lancashire has been rejected by councillors. Energy firm Cuadrilla wanted to extract shale gas at the Little Plumpton site between Preston and Blackpool. Lancashire County Council rejected the bid on the grounds of “unacceptable noise impact” and the “adverse urbanising effect on […]

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 […]

Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction

Corrib gas: Black starts, intelligent pigs and the mechanics of extraction Peter Murtagh: Monday, 29 June 2015 The mechanics of extracting gas from the Corrib field appear simple enough. It is only when one gets into the detail of the engineering that the complexities emerge. This is an environment in which a relatively small number […]

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved

The Corrib legacy: what the protests achieved A rerouting of the pipeline and greater public awareness of how Ireland treats its natural resources were among the positive outcomes of the Shell to Sea, campaigners say Bríd McGarry, a Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were jailed […]

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 […]

The Shell Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died

The Corrib impact: business boomed and friendships died As the gas is about to be brought onshore, Peter Murtagh takes a tour of the Corrib gas plant and speaks to people affected by its arrival. SAT, Jun 27, 2015 Gas is expected to come later this year to the Shell terminal in Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, […]

Malcolm Brinded still connected with Shell

Brinded speaks out on sustainable and accessible energy Written by  OE Staff: Friday 26 June 2015 Speaking this week as the 2015 recipient of the Energy Institute (EI)’s Cadman Award, Malcolm Brinded, chairman of Shell Foundation, has called for increased focus on breakthrough technology and business innovations to respond to the challenges of international development, […]

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 […]

Exxon Mobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Dealt A Blow As Dutch Govt. Cuts Groningen Production

Exxon Mobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Dealt A Blow As Dutch Govt. Cuts Groningen Production The Dutch government has decided to cut production from its Groningen gas field after a series of earthquakes led to heightened safety concerns By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Jun 24, 2015 Responding to a series of earthquakes in the northern parts of […]

Dutch government cuts Groningen gas field production

Dutch government cuts Groningen gas field production By Carl Surran: 23 June 2015 The Dutch government has ordered a further tightening of production at Groningen, Europe’s largest gas field, in response to earthquakes that have caused extensive property damage in the Netherlands’ northernmost province. Production at the field will be capped at 13.5B cm in […]

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 […]

How the European Oil Industry Decided to Save the Climate

By Javier Blas: June 23, 2015 By the time the convention chat turned into action, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc, Total SA, Eni SpA, Statoil ASA and BG Group Plc published an unprecedented open letter on climate change. Breaking with their biggest U.S. competitors, they announced their support for efforts to put a cost […]

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 clears regulatory hurdles for cracker

Shell clears regulatory hurdles for cracker By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 22 June 2015 Overcoming what might be Royal Dutch Shell’s most significant regulatory hurdle, the oil and chemicals giant has been granted an air permit by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a potential petrochemical complex in Beaver County. The company has […]

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 […]