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You are here Stakes are too high with Arctic drilling, and Shell isn’t ready

From an article by Lois Epstein published 21 Jan 2015 by Alaska Dispatch News Extracts Two years ago on New Year’s Eve, Shell’s Kulluk Arctic offshore drilling rig grounded near Kodiak Island. It was an industrial calamity heard around the world, including a cover story in the Jan. 4 issue of The New York Times […]

Outlook uncertain for Shell’s return to the Chukchi

By Yereth Rosen: 3 Jan 2015 Six years after dropping more than $2 billion on leases in the remote Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, Shell has yet to drill into any oil in that icy frontier. Plans for an audacious offshore Arctic exploration program have been stymied by litigation and adverse court rulings and a […]

Shell’s disastrous tax dodge

Photo Courtesy Mark Meyer / Greenpeace Extracts from an article by Jim Paulin, Dutch Harbor Fisherman, published 23 March 2014 by AlaskaDispatch under the headline: Southwest Alaska municipalities want bigger share of oil royalties  Impacts are already being felt from the arrival of Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska. The arctic-class oil rig Kulluk grounded in […]

Release of Interior’s Arctic standards for offshore oil development delayed

Arctic-specific standards to guide offshore oil operations — rules crafted in response to Shell’s trouble-plagued 2012 drilling season — will be issued later than expected, the head of a key federal agency said on Wednesday. Tick tock: Kulluk’s countdown to disaster unveiled Yereth Rosen:  November 20, 2013 Arctic-specific standards to guide offshore oil operations — […]

Shell pulls back on Arctic drilling near Russia’s Sakhalin Island

Alaska Dispatch: October 18, 2013 An environmental group opposed to drilling in the sub-Arctic says that Sakhalin Energy has pulled back on plans for two new oil drilling platforms off Sakhalin Island. Pacific Environment says Royal Dutch Shell and Gazprom decided not to move ahead with a new mobile platform in 2014 and delayed a […]

Shell’s spill-response training in remote Alaska villages a first step for new company

Federal regulators allowed the company to start drilling in two locations, but made it stop short of going deep enough to reach oil or gas, because all the spill-prevention equipment the company had promised wasn’t yet on site. But after the floating drill rig Kulluk snapped free of its tow and grounded in a New […]

Listening sessions start process for Alaska-focused Arctic drilling rules

Looking for lessons in Shell’s disastrous campaign to drill offshore in the Arctic, the Interior Department on Thursday launched an effort to create special rules for oil and gas activity in federal waters off Alaska’s coasts. Alex DeMarban: June 6, 2013 Looking for lessons in Shell’s disastrous campaign to drill offshore in the Arctic, the […]

New leadership for Shell’s Arctic operations

Blunders during the 2012 drilling season, including permitting and technical issues with the Noble Discoverer drillship and the grounding of the Kulluk conical drilling unit, led Shell to halt its 2013 drilling season. Courtesy Shell Suzanna Caldwell:May 1, 2013 Four months after a Royal Dutch Shell drillship ran aground in Alaska, raising questions about the […]

Moving on, Shell signs agreement with Russia to seek oil in Arctic

Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/JPL, MISR Team Eye on the Arctic: April 16, 2013 Although Royal Dutch Shell has announced a hiatus this summer for exploring the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean off of Alaska, the energy giant isn’t slowing down.  Shell has signed an agreement with Russian energy giant Gazprom, allowing it to explore and develop […]

Shell Oil in Arctic: Learning to juggle, with chainsaws

Air permit emission limits were grossly violated yet drill operations continued.; Multiple critical engine failures also demonstrate their support vessels’ failed under stress. The eventual grounding of Shell’s giant mobile oil-drilling rig, the Kulluk, off Kodiak Island conveys a serious lack of planning to save a few dollars (before you go boating, check the weather).Could […]

Evidence Shell Tax Dodging was Behind Kulluk debacle

By John Donovan The Alaska Dispatch has quoted from an email that Shell Alaska spokesperson Curtis Smith (right) sent on 27 December 2012. Curtis said in his email: “it’s fair to say the current tax structure related to vessels of this type influenced the timing of our departure.” He also said it could cost “multiple […]

Safety, pollution issues hold up Shell drillship in Alaska

Ben Anderson | Dec 27, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell’s Noble Discoverer — a 571-foot vessel integral to the company’s Arctic oil drilling aspirations — has been held up in Seward for several weeks to address what the Coast Guard described as  “pretty serious” issues with the ship’s safety and pollution- prevention systems. According to Petty […]

Will Shell Oil’s Arctic ‘beer can’ hold up better in second-chance containment trial?

Alex DeMarban | Dec 13, 2012 The containment dome Royal Dutch Shell hopes never to use has been transformed, following an accident this September that left it “crushed like a beer can” — hampering the company’s groundbreaking effort to suck oil from the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s North Slope. The failed Puget Sound sea trial […]

Noble Discoverer stack fire contained by Shell Oil personnel

Eric Christopher Adams, Alex DeMarban | Nov 16, 2012 A drill rig involved in Shell Oil’s inaugural season of Arctic oil exploration briefly caught fire Friday morning in Dutch Harbor, an international port in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, according to the Unalaska Fire Department. Firefighters responded to calls of a fire at the U.S. Coast Guard […]

Shell Oil’s next Arctic challenge?

Alex DeMarban | Oct 11, 2012 Believing the U.S. Arctic Ocean contains one of the world’s richest undiscovered oil and gas plays, Royal Dutch Shell is already considering what it will take to ship vast amounts of oil across Alaska. The oil giant might just find the bonanza next summer. In recent weeks, it’s punched […]

Shell gains approval for early well work in Beaufort, seeks OK from whalers

Alex DeMarban | Sep 20, 2012 Kulluk shell offshore rig Shell Alaska photo Federal regulators on Thursday gave Royal Dutch Shell the green light to move forward with preliminary well work in the Beaufort Sea off northeast Alaska as soon as the subsistence whaling season ends. The company is also working to obtain support from […]

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