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Shell Rigs Leave Dutch for Chukchi, To Wait

By Liz Ruskin, APRN | July 17, 2015 Shell is still moving its ships and equipment into the Arctic, even as one of its icebreakers prepares to head back south for repairs. The unexpected crack in the hull of the ship called the Fennica has added a measure of uncertainty to the start of the […]

Shell-contracted drillship begins final Arctic journey

Jul 17 2015, 16:39 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) still does not have the final permits it needs to begin boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, but today’s sendoff of the Noble Discoverer drilling rig suggests the company’s confidence that those […]

Shell’s Arctic Drilling Adventure Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

By Rebecca Leber: 15 July 2015 This month may mark the end of a decade-long saga that’s highlighted the lengths to which oil companies will go to drill in the Arctic—and the huge risks such endeavors entail. If everything goes according to plan, Royal Dutch Shell will soon bury its first drill bit into the […]

Environmentalists insist feds must block Shell’s Arctic drilling while icebreaker is away

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 15 July 2015 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration cannot allow Shell to launch exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean — even initial site preparation — without the company’s two contracted icebreakers on site, environmentalists argue. One of those icebreakers, the MSV Fennica, is headed to Oregon for repairs after its […]

Shell to drop ‘Oil’ from its name? Um, no.

By Tony Dokoupil: 15 July 2015 It seemed like a hopeful sign of the times: News that Shell Oil might soon drop the word “oil” from its name. British Petroleum made a similar move not long ago, rechristening itself as BP, a company with a vision “beyond petroleum.” But alas, Shell is not changing its name. […]

George Clooney and Greenpeace take aim at Shell

Written by Rita Brown – 13/07/2015 7:55 am George Clooney is leading a star-studded line-up in the latest round with Shell over plans for its Arctic drilling. The Hollywood megastar has closed ranks with Dame Judie Dench, Jerry Hall, Chris Martin, Kate Moss and Peter Capaldi for a T-shirt campaign designed by Vivienne Westwood for […]

Shell’s damaged Arctic drilling support vessel will go to Oregon for repair

Shell’s damaged Arctic drilling support vessel will go to Oregon for repair Dan Joling | Associated Press: July 13, 2015 Shell oil company will send a damaged ship carrying equipment required for Arctic offshore oil drilling from Alaska back to the West Coast for repairs. Royal Dutch Shell PLC ‘s drilling schedule for two exploratory wells […]

Stand down, Greenpeace; Shell can sabotage Arctic drilling just fine on its own

The most powerful argument against Shell in the Arctic is Shell in the Arctic. Shannyn Moore: July 11, 2015 Shell Oil is going to save the Arctic from oil drilling. That’s not to dismiss the efforts of environmental activists organizing “Shell No” gatherings or chaining themselves to a drilling rig to protest Arctic oil exploration. I […]

Celebrities get shirty to freeze Shell out of Arctic

Article published by The Sunday Times Extract from article by Gareth Rubin Published 12 July 2015 DAME Judi Dench, George Clooney, Kate Moss and Peter Capaldi are among 60 celebrities lending their faces to a campaign to shame Shell over its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. They have been photographed in a T-shirt […]

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water?

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water? Damaged Arctic icebreaker’s route questioned Posted on July 10, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — New marine tracking data shows a Shell-contracted icebreaker may have crossed through shallow waters that offered little clearance between the vessel’s bottom and the ocean floor before a 3-foot […]

Approval requested for repairs to icebreaker in Shell’s Arctic quest

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 9 July 2015 WASHINGTON – Shell is making plans to repair an icebreaker that plays a pivotal role in its Arctic drilling program, even as clues emerged Thursday about what might have torn a meter-long gash in the vessel. Arctia Offshore, the owner of the Shell-contracted MSV Fennica, has asked the […]

City manager says repairs underway on vessel

City manager says repairs underway on vessel BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Shell is being cautious on whether damage to an ice-handling vessel near Dutch Harbor will affect the company’s 2015 Chukchi Sea exploration. The 380-foot Fennica hit a submerged object, possibly World War II debris, while departing July 3 and was returned […]

Icebreaker key to Shell’s Arctic drilling program damaged, returns to port

Alex DeMarban: Alaska Dispatch News: July 7, 2015 In another hurdle for Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program, an ice-handling vessel playing a key role in the operation has returned to Dutch Harbor after a gash was discovered in its hull. The Fennica, a 380-foot Finnish vessel, was damaged Friday as it headed for the drilling grounds in the Chukchi Sea […]

Shell Arctic Screw Part 2: Fennica Mishap, Negligence or Torpedoed by Greenpeace?

Shell Arctic Screw Part 2: Fennica Mishap, Negligence, or Torpedoed by Greenpeace? FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR The significance of the damage to the Fennica is made clear in the article below. It is carrying the “Capping Stack” which is required in order for drilling to proceed. A capping stack is an auxiliary blow out preventer […]

Shell’s ice management vessel damaged in Alaska

Wed Jul 8, 2015 12:46am IST Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s icebreaker vessel Fennica returned to the Dutch Harbor in Alaska with a small breech in the hull, raising concerns about the company’s plan to resume drilling in the Arctic later this month. Shell said in June it plans to restart drilling for oil in the […]

Hull damage forces Shell Arctic support ship in for repairs

BY MARK THIESSEN: Associated Press: July 7, 2015 An icebreaker carrying a key piece of equipment for Arctic drilling planned by Royal Dutch Shell off the northern coast of Alaska was forced to return to dock after a hole more than three feet long was discovered in its hull, the company said Tuesday. It was unclear […]

Shell’s Arctic icebreaker damaged in Alaska

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 7 July 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell’s drive to resume Arctic drilling this summer has hit another speed bump, with the discovery of a hole in the hull of an ice management vessel meant to safeguard the company’s operations in the Chukchi Sea. The MSV Fennica was on its way from Dutch […]

Not Deterred By Huge Risks, Shell Opts For Megaprojects

It is curious then that Royal Dutch Shell is not ready to give up on the huge complex oil project. It is only a few weeks away from starting to drill in the Chukchi Sea, a campaign that has cost the company somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 billion so far, with very little results […]

In the Race to Control the Arctic, the U.S. Lags Behind

BY BOB REISS 7/6/15 It was just after Christmas 2012, and the Kulluk, a 250-foot-high, floating oil-drill rig, swung like a metronome in gale-force winds blowing through the Gulf of Alaska. The tug that had been towing the rig bobbed helplessly in 50-foot waves, her four diesel engines flooded with seawater as the rig’s skeleton […]

Shell set to begin Arctic oil drilling within two weeks

Environmentalists took to kayaks to protest Shell’s Arctic exploration plans (Source: Getty) by Clara Guibourg: 6 July 2015 Oil giant Shell is set to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks, as 30 ships have left Alaskan harbours towards two exploratory wells. The Arctic is one of the planet’s most […]

Shell embarks on controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of £4.5bn quest for oil

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 3 July 2015 Shell has kicked off its controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of a £4.5billion search for oil under the region’s freezing, pristine seas. After being forced to embarrassingly abandon its plans in 2012 and pulling out after finding gas in the 1990s, Shell’s convoy of 30 […]

Shell Arctic oil drilling to commence within weeks

…if the initial wells do not find oil, Shell will contemplate walking away from the region entirely. By Richard Anderson: Business reporter, BBC News: 3 July 2015 Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks. Thirty ships left Dutch Harbor in Alaska on Thursday […]

Arctic Drilling Future Now Rests On One Well

By Charles Kennedy: Wed, 01 July 2015 Royal Dutch Shell is nearing a start to drilling in the Arctic, but has run into some hiccups. The U.S. government decided that Shell cannot actually drill both of its wells in the Chukchi Sea as planned. The Interior Department said that doing so would run afoul of its […]

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer. The decision will force Shell to […]

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses

Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans hit by polar bears and walruses By Reuters: 12:32AM BST 01 July 2015 The Obama administration has dealt a setback to Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic oil exploration plans, saying established walrus and polar bear protections prevent the company from drilling with two rigs simultaneously at a close range, as it had […]

Shell Secures New Authorization in Pursuing Arctic Drilling

Shell Secures New Authorization in Pursuing Arctic Drilling JUNEAU, Alaska — Jun 30, 2015: By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Royal Dutch Shell has secured another federal authorization as it pursues plans to drill exploration wells in the Arctic waters off the Alaska coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday issued a letter of authorization […]

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:33pm EDT (Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The Noble Discover is the […]

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained

Shell oil rig leaves Everett, kayaking protesters detained By Jennifer Sullivan: Seattle Times staff reporter: 30 June 2015 An oil-drilling rig that was protested by activists in kayaks pulled out of Everett early Tuesday morning, and some of the kayakers were detained by the Coast Guard. Shell’s Noble Discoverer will join the Polar Pioneer to sink […]

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor By Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska | June 29, 2015 Billions of dollars worth of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are sitting out in the Bay in front of Dutch Harbor this week. The company has plans to take most of that […]

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig

U.S. activists to protest against Shell Arctic oil rig SEATTLE: 30 June 2015 U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. The Washington state activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations over the […]

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July SEATTLE/WASHINGTON | BY ERIC M. JOHNSON AND TIMOTHY GARDNER: Mon Jun 29, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a […]

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July

Sea ice could keep Shell away from the Arctic until mid July Posted on June 29, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Thick sea ice could clog the site of Shell’s planned oil wells in the Arctic Ocean until late July, potentially shaving a week off the company’s already narrow window for exploratory […]

Activists deploy against Shell’s arctic plans

Activists deploy against Shell’s arctic plans By Daniel J. Graeber: June 29, 2015 MUKILTEO, Wash., June 29 (UPI) — Activists said Monday they took to the water off the Washington state coast in kayaks to try to slow progress of a Shell drilling rig bound for arctic waters. “We know we can’t stop them,” Carlo […]

Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska

Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska Information and magnificent copyrighted photograph’s kindly provided by Gary Braasch, Photographer & Journalist from World View of Global Warming.org  Please see copyright notice at foot of article. Use your browser to enlarge images.  Shell’s Arctic oil drill platform Polar Pioneer heaves into Dutch Harbor Alaska […]

Polar Pioneer arrives in Dutch Harbor for Chukchi Sea drilling

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, [email protected]; June 28, 2015 The first of two drilling rigs, scheduled to conduct exploratory drilling for Shell in the Chukchi Sea this summer, has arrived in the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor this weekend. The federal government has given Transocean’s Polar Pioneer, contracted by Shell, a green light to […]

Shell Heads for Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits

Shell Heads for Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Jun 26, 2015, 3:42 PM ET By DAN JOLING Associated Press One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of […]

Curious coincidence involving Shell, Iran, Noble Corp and $2.16 billion

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR The former owners of the Frontier drilling company sold their rigs to Noble for $2.16 billion in 2010. Given that their fleet of five vessels consisted of ancient rust buckets which were fit only for the scrapyard, this has always seemed like an inordinately large sum. The five vessels had been […]

Shell flotilla begins assembling in Dutch Harbor

BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: 24 June 2015 “Once again, Shell is up to their old tricks, deliberately ignoring federal regulations. We urge President Obama to cancel Shell’s lease and prevent them from drilling in the Chukchi Sea,” Dutch Harbor will be busy in the next couple of weeks as Shell’s Arctic drill […]

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans may hit permitting snag June 23, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — Shell’s plans to bore two wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer may be jeopardized by an obscure permitting requirement that effectively bars drilling operations close to each other in waters off Alaska. The restriction highlighted by […]

Shell’s Arctic plan counters U.S. walrus protections -green groups

“There does not appear to be any way that the federal government can allow Shell to proceed as the company has planned…” 23 June 2015 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Green groups urged the U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency’s conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s 2015 Arctic oil exploration plan, saying it […]