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Here’s why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again

WASHINGTON, APRIL 1 | BY TIMOTHY GARDNER (Reuters) – For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama’s decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell’s return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction. On Tuesday, his administration upheld a 2008 Arctic lease sale, […]

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 […]

Alaska oil and gas lease draws criticism

Lease from 2008 tied up in courts because of environmental criticism. By Daniel J. Graeber     |   UPI: April 1, 2015  WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) — A decision from the Department of Interior to review energy exploration plans off the coast of Alaska is “unconscionable,” environmental groups said. The federal government affirmed a 2008 […]

Shell Oil Drilling Serious Threat to Russian Polar Bear Reserve: Greenpeace

The oil drilling operation of Shell in the Chukchi Sea can harm the vast population of polar bears and walruses living in the Wrangel Island reserve. The oil drilling operation of Dutch oil giant Shell in the Chukchi Sea, which is a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, is a threat to Russia’s Wrangel Island National Park, Greenpeace said […]

Arctic drilling rights OKd for Shell Oil

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by sfgate.com Arctic drilling rights OKd for Shell Oil WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday reaffirmed a 2008 government auction of Arctic drilling rights over objections from environmentalists, delivering a major victory to Shell Oil Co. as it seeks to resume exploratory drilling in the […]

U.S. approval moves Shell a step closer to Arctic drilling

Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:40pm EDT U.S. approval moves Shell a step closer to Arctic drilling (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic since it suffered […]

Shell will resume drilling off Alaska coast: U.S. Arctic envoy

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when. Shell has been moving oil rigs to Alaska as it awaits the […]

CAN SHELL SAFELY DRILL IN THE ARCTIC?

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Mar 30, 2015 at 10:40 am EST Shell Oil Company, subsidiary of multinational oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS), is conducting drilling tests in Bellingham, Washington, ahead of potential regulatory approval for drilling in the Arctic. According to media reports, government officials in Washington are observing Shell’s oil spill […]

Arctic braced for oil rush as Shell eyes return to Alaska

By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities Editor for publication in The SundayTelegraph 29 Mar 2015 under the headline: Arctic braced for oil rush as Shell eyes return to Alaska When the wreck of Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig washed up on the coast of Alaska in 2012 following a storm at sea, many environmental campaigners hoped […]

How one woman fought one of the world’s biggest oil companies — and won

From an article by Jared Goyette published 27 March 2015 by Public Radio International under the headline: How one woman fought one of the world’s biggest oil companies — and won Officials in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, are currently mulling a proposal from Shell Oil to build a new chemical plant in their backyard. But before they […]

Shell moving rigs to north Alaska ahead of possible drilling permit

Article by Carl Surran published 25 March 2015 by SeekingAlpha.com Shell moving rigs to north Alaska ahead of possible drilling permit Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) is moving oil rigs to Alaska in anticipation of the possible resumption of its Arctic drilling program two years after the grounding of a rig led to a huge […]

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

From an article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published 26 March 2015 by fuelfix.com Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system WASHINGTON — Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with government officials observing the exercises. Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing as it plans a new round […]

Motiva to integrate Norco, Convent refineries in Louisiana

26 March 2015 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises said on Thursday that operations at its Convent and Norco, Louisiana, refineries will be integrated to take advantage of increased production of lower-cost U.S. shale oil. Motiva, which is co-owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Saudi Aramco, said the first step in the integration project is the […]

Anti-Shell Protest at White House

From an article by Liz Ruskin published 24 March 2015 by Alaska Public Media under the headline: 26th Anniversary of Exxon Spill Prompts anti-Shell Protest at White House It’s the 26th anniversary of America’s second largest oil spill, when an Exxon tanker leaving Valdez Arm ran aground, leaking 11 million gallons of North Slope Crude […]

Here’s Why Shell Drilling Proposition In Arctic Is Facing Opposition

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Mar 23, 2015 at 10:54 am EST According to the Guardian, Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) will most probably get an approval by the US government to drill in the Arctic. An approval last month was given by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BEOM). A formal statement is expected […]

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