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Concerns mount over whale deaths in Gulf of Alaska

Ryan Schuessler: August 24  KODIAK, Alaska – Researchers are scrambling to determine what’s behind the death of 30 whales in the Gulf of Alaska as unusually warm ocean temperatures continue to wreak havoc on the region. Since May 2015, 14 fin whales, 11 humpback whales, one gray whale and four unidentified specimens have been found dead […]

U.S. gives Shell final nod to drill for oil in Arctic

Markets | Mon Aug 17, 2015 By Timothy Gardner Aug 17 (Reuters) – The Obama administration granted Royal Dutch Shell final clearance on Monday to resume drilling for oil and gas in the environmentally fragile Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012, a move green groups vowed to fight. The U.S. Department of the […]

The New Cold War: The Arctic

It could set major oil companies against each other but also superpower against superpower as they scramble to exploit the last untapped giant reserves in a part of the world where territorial boundaries remain unclear. No wonder some fear a new cold war. FULL ARTICLE WELL WORTH READING

Can Shell afford Arctic oil?

Karl Mathiesen: Wednesday 12 August 2015 This is the first time the Anglo-Dutch giant’s star-crossed Arctic programme will drill deep enough to hit oil. The company has reportedly spent $7bn (£4.5bn) on getting to this point, including replacing its prize Kulluk rig after it ran aground off Alaska in 2012. For them to gain any […]

Ann Pickard: the little-known executive leading Shell’s gamble on Arctic oil

Pickard is known as one of the oil industry’s toughest political operators with a history of doing whatever it takes to further Shell’s interests – and the Arctic is ‘just too big a prize’ to leave read more

Shell-BG merger approved by Brazil

THE HAGUE, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”) (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B) today announced that its recommended combination with BG […]

Arctic drilling: Obama gives Shell the go-ahead despite 75% chance of major oil spills

ALICE HARROLD: THE INDEPENDENT: Friday 24 July 2015 The Obama administration has granted permission to Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea, off the northwest coast of Alaska. The company was given the final approval for its application to drill in the Arctic on Wednesday in what was a major loss for […]

Feds say Shell completed test for blow-out well response ahead of Arctic drilling

Feds say Shell completed test for blow-out well response ahead of Arctic drilling Posted on June 18, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell employees and contractors successfully deployed and tested emergency equipment meant to respond to a blown-out well in the Arctic Ocean, federal regulators said Thursday. The exercises, conducted Tuesday and […]

Greenpeace protesters confront Shell Arctic drilling rig off B.C. coast

Greenpeace protesters confront Shell Arctic drilling rig off B.C. coast Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig left Seattle Monday en route to offshore oil drilling in Alaska Protests against Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program continued Wednesday, with Greenpeace activists confronting the drilling rig off the coast of B.C. on its trip north from Seattle, Wash. […]

Shell Arctic Drill Rig Confronted at Sea by Indigenous Activists and Greenpeace Canada

Press release from Greenpeace June 17, 2015 – 4:51pm – By The Arctic Journal Indigenous artist and activist Audrey Siegl today approached the 300-foot-tall Polar Pioneer drill rig in an inflatable boat launched from the MY Esperanza, while two Greenpeace Canada swimmers spread out in the water behind her to put their bodies in the […]

Shell Gets U.S. Permit to Disturb Marine Life Off Alaska’s Coast

Bloomberg.com article by Mark Drajem: June 16, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell Plc received U.S. approval to disturb marine mammals as part of its plan to resume oil exploration off Alaska’s Arctic coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an “incidental harassment authorization,” which allows noise from air guns, icebreaking, drilling and anchor handling. The June […]

We Must Stop Shell Oil

We Must Stop Shell Oil Jane Fonda Activist, advocate and actress I’ve been in Vancouver for two days where I joined with Greenpeace activists, First Nations peoples, parents, grandparents, professors, students at an amazing 6-hour “Toast The Coast” rally on Jericho Beach to celebrate the pristine beauty of the Northwest coastline and to stop Big Oil […]

Shell arctic oil rig leaves Seattle, met by protesters

Shell arctic oil rig leaves Seattle, met by protesters Michael Konopasek and Travis Pittman, KING 5 News: 15 June 2015 SEATTLE – The Shell Oil arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer headed out of Seattle Monday on its way to Alaska but not before an attempted blockade by protesters in kayaks. Greenpeace says the Coast Guard […]

Kayak protesters detained after trying to stop Shell oil rig from leaving Seattle for Alaska

Kayak protesters detained after trying to stop Shell oil rig from leaving Seattle for Alaska By PHUONG LE Associated Press JUNE 15, 2015 SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has detained several protesters in kayaks who tried to block Royal Dutch Shell’s drill rig as it leaves Seattle on its way to explore […]

‘Kayaktivists’ take to water to try and blockade Shell oil platform

“Kayaktivists” take to water to try and blockade Shell oil platform POSTED 5:14 AM, JUNE 15, 2015, BY JOHN WHITE SEATTLE – Anti-Shell Oil “kayaktivists” took to the waters of Elliott Bay Monday morning, to try and blockade Shell Oil’s “Polar Pioneer” oil rig platform.  Thirteen protesters got into kayaks and headed toward the oil rig […]

Shell wins two more permits for planned Arctic drilling campaign

Shell wins two more permits for planned Arctic drilling campaign By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 13 June 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell has nabbed two more critical government approvals for its planned exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The latest authorizations came from the Environmental Protection Agency, which is allowing Shell to discharge wastewater […]

Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Challenger Sets Sail for Alaska

Bidness Etc takes a look at the first vessel in Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet setting off for Alaska By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Jun 12, 2015  According to oil giant Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) the first vessel in its Arctic drilling fleet, The Arctic Challenger, has set sail from Washington state to Alaska. The fleet intends […]

Arctic drilling opponents hanging from Shell ship in Washington state

Arctic drilling opponents hanging from Shell ship in Washington state Seattle, June 12, 2015 Two activists strapped themselves on Friday to the anchor chain of a Shell Royal Dutch Shell vessel docked in Washington state that will be part of a fleet sent north to Alaska to resume drilling for oil and gas in the […]

Arctic energy debate can be more than Shell rigs and Greenpeace protests

Arctic energy debate can be more than Shell rigs and Greenpeace protests Victoria Herrmann: June 12, 2015 Today, the phrase “Arctic energy” has become synonymous with snowy oil rigs, icy ocean exploration, and Greenpeace activists. The recent conditional approval of Shell’s plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea has reinforced this narrow delineation of energy debates about the […]

First vessel in Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet heads for Alaska

First vessel in Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet heads for Alaska SEATTLE, JUNE 11 | BY VICTORIA CAVALIERE The first vessel in Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet has embarked from Washington state to Alaska ahead of its planned resumption of oil and gas exploration in the remote region this summer, the company said on Thursday. […]

Port commissioner getting donations from executives involved in Shell deal

Port commissioner getting donations from executives involved in Shell deal By Joseph O’Sullivan: Seattle Times Olympia bureau: June 11, 2015 As Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant raises money for his gubernatorial campaign, he’s getting help from executives in companies involved in the deal to bring Shell Oil drilling equipment to a Seattle port terminal. Bryant, a […]

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Shell spill plans in Alaska

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Shell spill plans in Alaska Business News | Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:47pm BST A divided federal appeals court rejected an effort by environmental groups to void a U.S. agency’s approval of two oil spill response plans by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) related to the company’s oil leases […]

By Jane Fonda, actress, writer, and activist. The China Syndrome actress on the dangers of Shell drilling for oil In less than 30 days, Royal Dutch Shell wants to begin drilling for oil in the newly ice-free parts of the Alaskan Arctic. The company is ignoring the advice of engineers and scientists around the world […]

Anti-Arctic drilling activists arrested at Seattle harbor

By KOMO Staff Published: Jun 9, 2015 Anti-Arctic drilling activists arrested at Seattle harbor SEATTLE – Five activists opposed to undersea oil drilling off the north shore of Alaska were arrested as they continued their ongoing series of protests Tuesday morning, blocking a Seattle terminal where a Royal Dutch Shell arctic oil rig is being […]

Seattle protesters seek to block access to Shell Arctic drilling rig

Seattle protesters seek to block access to Shell Arctic drilling rig Business News | Tue Jun 9, 2015 6:29pm BST A group of protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Tuesday seeking to block workers attempting to reach a Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) drilling rig that could depart this week to resume fossil fuel […]

Anti-Shell protesters blocking Terminal 5

Anti-Shell protesters blocking Terminal 5 Activists say they want to prevent the drilling rig from leaving Seattle on time, en route to Alaska. By Evan Bush: Seattle Times staff reporter: 9 June 2015 Activists demonstrating against Shell’s oil rig are blocking entrances to Terminal 5 in Seattle. Stina Janssen, a spokeswoman for ShellNo, said the protesters […]

What’s Latest On Protest Against Royal Dutch Shell plc In Seattle?

What’s Latest On Protest Against Royal Dutch Shell plc In Seattle? Bidness Etc takes a look at the latest developments taking place in Seattle as the activists oppose the terminal’s use on the Port of Seattle by Shell to park its Polar Pioneer rig By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Jun 9, 2015  Multiple developments have taken place […]

Shell Plans to Drill In Arctic Ocean, Despite Setbacks, Protests and Lawsuits

Reaching for Remote Hydrocarbon Riches, Shell Oil Plans to Drill In Arctic Ocean, Despite Setbacks, Protests and Lawsuits By John J. Berger, Ph. D. Where are we heading now in our quest for more “cheap energy”? North, to the Arctic! Despite the Obama Administration’s jawboning about the dangers of climate change and the Administration’s Climate […]

Shell pressing ahead in Chukchi after setbacks

Explorers 2015: Shell pressing ahead in Chukchi after setbacks Company is mobilizing fleet after three-year hiatus, still waiting for final approval of exploration plan Eric Lidji For Petroleum News: 7 June 2015 After a tiny step forward and many large leaps backward, Royal Dutch Shell plc is once again planning to explore its Burger prospect in […]

Shell’s US Arctic drilling will harass thousands of whales and seals

Rose Hackman in New York: Friday 5 June 2015  Royal Dutch Shell’s plans for exploratory drilling in the US Arctic this summer will involve the harassment of whales and seals by the thousands, an application document filed by Shell to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reveals. Most notably, Shell estimates its Arctic activities will expose […]

INSIGHT-For green activists, Arctic drilling could be the next big thing

INSIGHT-For green activists, Arctic drilling could be the next big thing WASHINGTON, JUNE 3 | BY TIMOTHY GARDNER Michael Brune is pleased that activists in kayaks are training for another “Paddle in Seattle” to confront an expected Royal Dutch Shell rig on its way to the Arctic to explore for oil. What makes the head […]

Arctic blowout clean-up costs could exceed Shell’s financial resources

From a regular contributor  THE BEAR FACTS -EMERGENCY RESPONSE MAY TAKE TWO OR THREE MONTHS TO ARRIVE! “The risk of a blowout or spill is always present when a well is drilled. The US government estimates the probability of such an event in Alaska at 75%. In many cases a relief well is the only […]

Oil industry rebuts proposed Arctic drilling mandates

Oil industry rebuts proposed Arctic drilling mandates May 28 2015, 18:58 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Oil companies and industry trade groups lash out against the Obama administration plan to require rigs and time to drill relief wells in case of emergencies at their operations in U.S. Arctic waters, claiming the proposed […]

Arctic drilling invites disaster: Column

Arctic drilling invites disaster: Column Nick Jans: EDT May 27, 2015 An oil spill in sea ice is permanent. And Shell is nowhere near prepared for summer drilling. I stood on the shore of the Chukchi Sea, at the far northern rim of Alaska. On that late May evening, a maze of shifting ice spilled off […]

Shell drilling may spur Arctic resource race

Colin Chilcoat, Oilprice.com: May 27, 2015 In a few short months Shell will (re)enter the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Russia. The oil and gas major still awaits approval from a number of state and federal agencies, but in early May the company received the consent of the Obama administration to explore the remote Arctic sea […]

Shell lays out its Arctic plans

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published May 21, 2015 by The Houston Chronicle Shell lays out its Arctic plans Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle SEATTLE – The executive leading Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Thursday outlined ambitions to drill new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, instead of returning to the one the company started three […]

What’s at stake: The debate over Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront before they head north — but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate […]

Shell Cleared to Drill in Arctic

Shell Cleared to Drill in Arctic U.S. agency approvals Shell’s Arctic drilling plan off Alaska’s northwest coast. By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press: 11 May 2015 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Just days ahead of a planned protest of Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program in Seattle, the company on Monday cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to […]

Not going green: Obama administration allows Shell to pursue Arctic drilling

By MARK THIESSEN – Associated Press – Monday, May 11, 2015 Not going green: Obama administration allows Shell to pursue Arctic drilling ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Royal Dutch Shell cleared a major hurdle Monday in its plans to drill off Alaska’s northwest coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved Shell’s exploration plan for the […]

Shell wins injunction keeping Greenpeace away from Arctic drilling fleet

Yereth Rosen Alaska Dispatch News: May 8, 2015 Shell wins injunction keeping Greenpeace away from Arctic drilling fleet Greenpeace protesters must stay away from Royal Dutch Shell’s drill ships and support vessels, the anchor lines and buoys attached to them and the Barrow airport hangar and terminal that Shell is seeking to use to support its planned […]