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Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters take to waters off Ediz Hook

Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters take to waters off Ediz Hook By Chris McDaniel and Paul Gottlieb: Peninsula Daily News PORT ANGELES — A 355-foot-tall offshore oil rig entered Port Angeles Harbor at 7:10 a.m. for a two-week stay, and it was met with protesters in kayaks and inflatable boats obeying a […]

Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor

Associated Press article published by The Houston Chronicle 17 April 2015 Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that included […]

Landmark Deal Curbs Flaring Pollution

Top oil-producing nations and companies pledge to eliminate the waste of natural gas that also exacerbates global warming April 17, 2015 |By Lisa Friedman and ClimateWire Top oil-producing nations, including the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Angola, as well as Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other companies say they will stop flaring natural gas by 2030 […]

Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters gather on Ediz Hook

By Chris McDaniel and Paul Gottlieb published 17 April 2015 by Peninsula Daily News Giant oil rig arrives in Port Angeles as protesters gather on Ediz Hook PORT ANGELES — A 400-foot-tall offshore oil rig that is expected to be the focus of nonviolent protests later this morning entered Port Angeles Harbor at 7:10 a.m. for […]

Shell plan is out: Company hopes for Chukchi drilling this year; BOEM says plan complete

By Alan Bailey of Petroleum News: Week of April 19, 2015 Shell plan is out: Company hopes for Chukchi drilling this year; BOEM says plan complete The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has deemed Shell’s Chukchi Sea exploration plan complete, has published the plan on the BOEM website and is inviting public comments on the document. Shell […]

A Halt to Groningen Production Could Significantly Impact on Shell’s Remaining Reserves

POSTING ON SHELL BLOG: 17 APRIL 2015 RELATES TO ARTICLE: Shell/Exxon Induced Earthquakes undermine Dutch Gov Revenues According to figures published on this site, Shell replaced just 26% of the reserves that it produced in 2014. The Groningen field represents a significant fraction of Shell’s remaining reserves. If Groningen production is halted to reduce the […]

Shell, Greenpeace tussle in court over Arctic oil drilling

BY BARBARA LISTON: Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:03am EDT (Reuters) – Greenpeace volunteers who occupied a Shell Offshore oil drilling vessel en route to the Arctic Ocean last week acted dangerously and jeopardized company property and human life, according to arguments filed in Alaska federal court by Shell lawyers Jeffrey Leppo and Ryan Steen of Seattle. […]

Exxon-Shell gas venture may have to adjust Groningen output after court ruling

Exxon-Shell gas venture may have to adjust Groningen output after court ruling AMSTERDAM: Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:09am EDT (Reuters) – Gas production joint venture NAM is studying the impact of a court ruling that halted production at a small part of the massive Groningen gas field because of safety concerns, the Dutch government said […]

En route to Seattle, controversial Arctic drill rig will stop in Port Angeles on Friday

Article by Chris McDaniel published 14 April2015 by Peninsula Daily News En route to Seattle, controversial Arctic drill rig will stop in Port Angeles on Friday PORT ANGELES — The Polar Pioneer — a huge semi-submersible offshore drilling rig that had been hounded of late in the Pacific by Greenpeace activists ­— is expected to arrive […]

Coast Guard creates ‘First Amendment zone’ in Puget Sound for anti-Shell protests

Article by Joel Connelly published 14 April 2015 by seattlepi.com Coast Guard creates ‘First Amendment zone’ in Puget Sound for anti-Shell protests The U.S. Coast Guard, with help from activist groups, has identified an informal  “First Amendment Zone,” just north of Terminal 5, where protesters can take to the water against Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling […]

Dutch Court Limits Loppersum Gas Output in Groningen Region

Article by Isis AlmeidaElco and Van Groningen published 14 April 2015 by Bloomberg.com Dutch court limits fracking on earthquake fears A Dutch court suspended gas production from the Loppersum area of the Groningen natural gas field, Europe’s biggest, as earthquakes linked to production damaged homes. Loppersum, which pumps less than 10 percent of the field’s output, may […]

Shell Wins Lawsuit Against Greenpeace

Royal Dutch Shell Wins Lawsuit Against Greenpeace Royal Dutch Shell was granted a restraining order against six Greenpeace activists who boarded the company’s vessel last week By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Apr 14, 2015 at 11:22 am EST A group of Greenpeace protesters have left the vessel carrying Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) oil rig, six […]

Shell’s Artic Fate To Be Decided Soon

Article by Andy Tully published Monday 13 April 2015 by OilPrice.com The US government has begun its full review of an application by Royal Dutch Shell to resume offshore drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast. The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), an arm of the Interior Department, said […]

Judge orders Greenpeace away from Shell vessels

ARTICLE BY TIM BRADNER PUBLISHED BY ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 13 APRIL 2015 The free ride is over for six Greenpeace activists who hitched a ride mid-Pacific on the Shell-chartered Blue Marlin, a heavy-lift ship carrying the semi-submersible rig Polar Pioneer to the Pacific Northwest, its way-stop on the rig’s journey to drill in the […]

Dutch Court to Rule on Gas Output From Europe’s Biggest Field

Article by Isis Almeida published 13 April 2015 by Bloomberg.com The Netherlands, the biggest gas producer in the European Union, said Feb. 9 it would limit output from the field during the first half of the year, sending prices up 13 percent that week. Unrelated to the court case, the government has also said it […]

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published 13 April 2015 by fuelfix.com Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace WASHINGTON — Hours after stormy weather forced Greenpeace activists to climb off an Arctic drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Shell won a temporary restraining order blocking the group from similar protests. The ruling, by U.S. District […]

Greenpeace activists abandon Arctic drill rig retained by Shell after six-day stay

Associated Press article published by Fox News 11 April 2015 Greenpeace activists abandon Arctic drill rig retained by Shell after six-day stay SEATTLE –  Greenpeace says six activists opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic have abandoned a Seattle-bound drill rig they boarded in the Pacific Ocean six days ago. The organization said in an […]

New Sea Drilling Rule Planned, 5 Years After BP Oil Spill

Article by CORAL DAVENPORT published APRIL 10, 2015 by The New York Times New Sea Drilling Rule Planned, 5 Years After BP Oil Spill WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP […]

Shell complaint claims Greenpeace activists risk success of Arctic drill

Adam Vaughan: Friday 10 April 2015 15.19 BST Shell has warned it could miss a window to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer, if six Greenpeace activists occupying a rig under contract to the company are not removed, court filings by the oil company reveal. “Left unsanctioned, Greenpeace USA’s illegal and tortious actions will, as […]

Royal Dutch Shell Sues Greenpeace Activists

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Apr 8, 2015 at 8:38 am EST The oil multinational has filed a legal complaint in a federal court in Alaska, as it looks to remove the six Greenpeace activists from its vessel carrying the Polar Pioneer oil rig. In an official statement yesterday, Shell said it has had talks with groups […]

Shell sues to boot Greenpeace activists who climbed aboard oil rig bound for the Arctic to protest drilling

Shell sues to boot Greenpeace activists who climbed aboard oil rig bound for the Arctic to protest drilling Shell has filed a complaint in federal court in Alaska seeking an order to remove Greenpeace activists who climbed aboard an oil rig in the Pacific The environmental group said in a statement its team would occupy […]

Shell Faces Greenpeace Protesters Over Arctic Drilling Risks

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Apr 7, 2015 at 9:36 am EST In a protest yesterday, Greenpeace activists climbed a Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) oil rig, which was being transported to Seattle before being moved to the Arctic. The Polar Pioneer oil rig on its way to a vessel called Blue Merlin was ascended […]

Greenpeace activists board Shell oil rig to protest Arctic drilling – video

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Greenpeace boards Seattle-bound Shell drilling platform in mid-Pacific

Article by Joel Connelly published by seattlepi.com on 6 April 2015 Greenpeace boards Seattle-bound Shell drilling platform in mid-Pacific A half-dozen Greenpeace activists have boarded Shell Oil’s Seattle-bound drilling platform as it crosses the eastern Pacific, but say they will make no effort to interfere with the navigation of the ship. “The hope is to […]

Greenpeace climbs, sets up camp on Shell’s Arctic drilling rig

Alaska Dispatch News article published April 6, 2015 Greenpeace climbs, sets up camp on Shell’s Arctic drilling rig Protesters with the environmentalist group Greenpeace on Monday intercepted and climbed a Royal Dutch Shell drill rig in the Pacific Ocean to protest the company’s plans to drill in Alaska’s Arctic. According to a release from Greenpeace, six activists launched from the […]

Greenpeace activists board drill rig retained by Shell for Arctic offshore drilling

Article by: DAN JOLING, Associated Press Updated: April 6, 2015  Greenpeace activists board drill rig retained by Shell for Arctic offshore drilling ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Six Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic offshore drilling on Monday boarded a drill rig as it was transported across the Pacific Ocean toward Seattle, where it will be staged for drilling on […]

It’s Time to Take Arctic Drilling Off the Table

Cindy Shogan Executive director, Alaska Wilderness League: 4 April 2015 It’s Time to Take Arctic Drilling Off the Table Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of the Interior swung the door wide open to drilling in the remote waters of the iconic Arctic Ocean when it announced that it was reaffirming controversial Bush-era leases for the […]

Shell Oil protesters train for flotilla

KING 5 News 3:51 p.m. PDT April 4, 2015 Shell Oil protesters train for flotilla Protestors planning to demonstrate when Shell Oil arrives in Elliott Bay started training Saturday morning in West Seattle. They plan to have a flotilla of kayaks in the bay when Shell brings its Arctic drilling ship and equipment to Seattle […]

Shell has major hurdles to clear before Chukchi drilling resumes

Yereth Rosen Alaska Dispatch News: April 4, 2015 Shell has major hurdles to clear before Chukchi drilling resumes Now that the Department of the Interior has, for the second time, affirmed the record-breaking Chukchi Sea lease sale it held seven years ago, is it smooth sailing for Royal Dutch Shell and its plans to drill this year on […]

Why we all should care about the oil platform explosion that just happened in Mexico

This image, one of several that were made available to Greenpeace by anonymous workers, shows smoke and fire on the shallow-water Abkatun, a permanent platform in the Campeche Sound in the Gulf of Mexico. Early Wednesday morning the Pemex oil platform, Abkatun Alpha blew up off the West coast of the Yucatan peninsula. The explosion […]

As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry

Article by Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Michael Wines published by The New York Times: As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry A version of this article appears in print on April 4, 2015, on page A1 of the New York edition PRAGUE, Okla. — Yanked without warning from a deep […]

Feds says Shell’s spill containment system works as company seeks Arctic drilling approval

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published 3 April 2015 by fuelfix.com under the headline: Feds says Shell’s spill containment system works as company seeks Arctic drilling approval WASHINGTON — Shell has successfully deployed its Arctic containment system in waters near Washington state as it prepares for potential drilling in the Chukchi Sea later this year. The […]

Shell responds to federal decision on Alaskan waters

UPI article by Daniel J. Graeber published April 2, 2015: Shell responds to federal decision on Alaskan waters Company CEO said in February drilling in the arctic waters of Alaska could start this year. ANCHORAGE, Alaska, April 2 (UPI) — Shell said there are a series of contingencies to consider after a U.S. federal decision to […]

Shell’s profit comes at our expense

Greenpeace article by Isadora Wronski published 2 April 2015 Shell’s profit comes at our expense Climate science has made it clear that Arctic oil needs to stay in the ground if we want to avoid the worst impacts from global climate change. We know it and we also know that Shell knows it too. Knowingly going […]

Shell lease approved, but hurdles remain

Shell’s 2008 purchase of a licence to drill in Alaskan waters has been approved. Now it waits to be granted permission to do so April 1, 2015 – 8:53pm – By Kevin McGwin With the decision yesterday by the US federal government not to throw out the 2008 sale of drilling licences off Alaska’s northern […]

Incredibly, Shell Gets Another Go at Arctic Drilling

Article by SustainableBusiness.com published 1 April 2015 Incredibly, Shell Gets Another Go at Arctic Drilling Sadly, the Obama Administration has once again given Shell the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic. “The Arctic is an important component of the Administration’s national energy strategy, and we remain committed to taking a thoughtful and balanced approach to oil and […]

Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels

From an article by Damian Carrington  published Wednesday 1 April 2015  by The Guardian newspaper Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels The Guardian Media Group (GMG) is to sell all the fossil fuel assets in its investment fund of over £800m, making it the largest yet known to pull out of coal, […]

Dutch court hears challenge over Groningen gas production

Dutch court refuses to halt Groningen gas production THE HAGUE, APRIL 1 By Toby Sterling (Reuters) – A Dutch judge on Wednesday refused to order a production halt at Europe’s biggest gas field, Groningen, where extraction is causing earthquakes, dealing a blow to opponents of government policy. Production from the field was temporarily reduced in […]

Agency affirms revised review of Chukchi Sea petroleum lease

By Dan Joling | AP March 31 at 7:30 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Department of Interior said Tuesday that it has affirmed corrections to an environmental analysis of a 2008 Arctic Ocean petroleum lease sale that brought in $2.7 billion for the federal government. The expected decision regarding the lease in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s […]

3 Factors Could Slow Arctic Drilling Despite Shell Go-Ahead

During 2012, the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk ran aground off a small island near Kodiak Island. PHOTOGRAPH BY U.S. COAST GUARD/AP By Wendy Koch, National Geographic PUBLISHED MARCH 30, 2015 Oil drilling in U.S. Arctic waters may return this summer now that Shell has cleared a key government hurdle. Still, an energy bonanza in […]