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Royal Dutch Shell Oil Platform ‘Polar Pioneer’

My name is Michael McNerney and I am retired Coast Guard having worked in Marine Safety. I’ve worked in the Puget Sound AOR and enjoyed working around the Maritime Environment and the ships that pass through. I also take photo’s and this is just amazing to me to have this engineering marvel stop off in […]

Shell Learned Some ‘Expensive Lessons’ in Arctic, Jewell Says

Article by Harry Weber published April 20, 2015 by Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc learned “some very painful and expensive lessons about contractors” from its mishaps drilling in the Arctic in 2012, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said. Shell learned how to better manage companies it relies on for critical aspects of its offshore drilling programs, Jewell […]

What the BP Oil Disaster Tells Us About Arctic Drilling: Keep Out!

BY CAROL BROWNER AND MICHAEL CONATHAN 4/20/15 Five years ago today, an explosion on board the oil rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 men and unleashed one of the largest and costliest offshore oil disaster this nation has ever experienced. By the end of 2014, BP, the company primarily responsible for the disaster, estimated the overall […]

BG Deal May Leave Shell’s Arctic Ambitions In Limbo

By Nick Cunningham: Sun, 19 April 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s purchase of BG will turn the combined company into a natural gas behemoth. But one casualty of the merger could be one of Shell’s iconic drilling campaigns: the Arctic. The Arctic is thought to hold 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil reserves, and 30 percent […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell standing above its peers

Article by Daniel J. Graeber published 13 April 2015 by UPI Shell standing above its peers LONDON, April 13 (UPI) — Shell’s grab of energy giant BG Group and a legal victory for frontier work offshore Alaska leaves rivals in the dust, though environmentalist are unimpressed. The board of directors at Shell and BG group issued […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]