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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 […]

Royal Dutch Shell Oil Rigs To Be Confronted By ‘Festival Of Resistance’

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 14, 2015  Environmentalists have planned to confront Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) oil rigs, which are set to arrive at Seattle’s port this week. The oil company plans to use them in the Arctic later this year. Shell has been planning to go back to the Arctic, in pursuit of […]

Shell oil rig arriving Thursday is just the start of Arctic drilling fleet

By Coral Garnick and Hal Bernton: Seattle Times staff reporters: Published 13 May 2015 Shell oil rig arriving Thursday is just the start of Arctic drilling fleet The Polar Pioneer oil rig expected to arrive in Seattle on Thursday is the biggest piece of a 25-vessel fleet Shell Oil has mustered to resume its oil exploration effort in […]

UN climate official pans idea of Arctic drilling in subtle slap at Obama administration

Article by Joby Warrick published 13 May 2015 by The Washington Post UN climate official pans idea of Arctic drilling in subtle slap at Obama administration The United Nations’ top climate official took a subtle poke at the Obama administration on Wednesday over its decision to conditionally allow oil exploration off Alaska’s coast, suggesting that the […]

Arctic drilling for ‘extreme oil’ is risky – and letting Shell do the work is reckless

Wednesday 13 May 2015 America’s Arctic Ocean belongs to all of us. The Beaufort and Chukchi Seas provide habitat for countless species of wildlife. This is one of the most unique marine ecosystems in the world, home to the entire population of US polar bears. Many of America’s most beloved marine creatures thrive here, including […]

Shell: Port lease is valid, so drill rigs coming to Seattle despite pleas for delay, protests

By GENE JOHNSON and PHUONG LE, Associated Press: 13 May 2015 SEATTLE (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is forging ahead with plans to park two Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle, risking possible fines from the city and ignoring port commissioners who have asked Shell to wait. Shell’s plan to move the two rigs to […]

Shell braves a return to its Arctic ordeals: But, with oil at such a low price, why now?

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 13 May 2015 New Year’s Eve 2012 is a date Lieutenant Commander Jim Cooley will never forget. As part of the rescue team from the US Coast Guard he flew out in treacherous, stormy conditions to rescue 18 men aboard Royal Dutch Shell’s stranded Kulluk oil rig. Earlier that […]

Shell to Seattle: Oil drill rigs are coming

Shell to Seattle: Oil drill rigs are coming: 13 May 2015 Royal Dutch Shell says it has a valid lease for Seattle terminal space and a tight timeline to prepare its fleet for exploratory oil drilling in Arctic waters so it plans to move its drill rigs to this city despite the protests of activists […]

Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to catastrophic oil spill, experts warn

Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to catastrophic oil spill, experts warn Unforgiving conditions in the Arctic’s icy waters not only make the chances of a spill likely, the complete lack of infrastructure in place to deal with a potential disaster means the consequences of the move could be calamitous, environmental activists and experts […]

Here’s why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again

By Timothy Gardner: 12 May 2015 (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, clearing […]

Shell’s Alaska Return Shows Arctic Drilling Defying Slump in Oil

Article by Rakteem Katakey and Mark Drajem published 12 May2015 by Bloomberg.com Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s plan to return to the Arctic this year shows exploration in one of the world’s most remote regions is proving resilient against the slide in crude prices. The U.S. Interior Department on Monday endorsed Shell’s plan to have two rigs drill as […]

Royal Dutch Shell: Giant arctic oil rig to be towed to Seattle this week; protests promised

Published May 11, 2015 Associated Press SEATTLE –  A giant floating oil rig currently anchored off Port Angeles, Washington, will be towed to Seattle this week despite the Seattle mayor’s assertion that the Port of Seattle can’t host the rig until it gets a new land-use permit, a Royal Dutch Shell spokesman said Monday. In an […]

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 […]

White House Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic

By CORAL DAVENPORT: MAY 11, 2015 White House Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic WASHINGTON — The Obama administration gave conditional approval on Monday to allow Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to start drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The approval is a major victory for Shell and […]

Here’s How Royal Dutch Shell Plans On Tackling Challenges In The Arctic

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: May 11, 2015  Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is reconsidering drilling in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. Drilling in Alaska is considered a dangerous job as temperature levels are low and the topography of the region would make it difficult to contain an oil spill if it were to occur. The crude […]

Grabbing Paddles in Seattle to Ward Off an Oil Giant

By KIRK JOHNSON MAY 11, 2015 SEATTLE — A dozen or so men and women, cinched into life jackets, paddles at the ready, were about to launch their kayaks into Elliott Bay early Thursday evening with Seattle’s glittering skyline as the backdrop. For some of the paddlers, it was a first-time experience, and with the water […]

Firm to appeal decision on Port of Seattle permit

Published May 10, 2015 | By Associated Press Firm to appeal decision on Port of Seattle permit SEATTLE (AP) — Foss Maritime plans to appeal Seattle’s position that Royal Dutch Shell can’t use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 under the existing permit. The company says it intends to provide its customer, Shell, with 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 […]

The debate over Arctic drilling: What’s at stake

Seattle’s mayor and environmentalists have vowed to block Royal Dutch Shell PLC from parking two Arctic offshore drilling rigs on Seattle’s waterfront, an effort to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The U.S. Geological Survey estimates Arctic offshore reserves at […]

Shell and high water: the climate battle of Seattle

By K.C. Golden: Special to The Times: 7 May 2015 Shell and high water: the climate battle of Seattle IF you had to pick a logo for the campaign to wreak climate havoc, you could hardly do better than Shell’s Arctic drilling rig, the “Polar Pioneer.” Climate denial has reached its fullest expression when the melting […]

Shell: We have ‘backup plans’ if blocked from Port of Seattle

Article by Joel Connelly published 6 May 2015 by seattlepi.com Shell: We have ‘backup plans’ if blocked from Port of Seattle Royal Dutch Shell has “backup plans” if it is blocked from using the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 as home port for its Arctic drilling fleet, a senior company executive told reporters at a conference in […]

Greenpeace seeks dismissal of Shell lawsuit seeking safety zones around Arctic drill fleet

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorneys for Greenpeace Inc. say Royal Dutch Shell PLC has demonstrated no harm from environmental protesters who boarded a ship carrying a drill rig last month. In a written motion, Greenpeace asked U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to reject Shell’s request for court-ordered, expanded safety […]

Seattle ruling won’t derail Shell’s Arctic quest, executive vows

Seattle ruling won’t derail Shell’s Arctic quest, executive vows Posted on May 5, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy HOUSTON — A ruling by the city of Seattle may throw a wrench into Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, but it won’t delay the company’s plans to bore two new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, […]

Shell’s Arctic oil setback – unlawful use of Seattle Port

The Port of Seattle is violating its shoreline permit in allowing Shell to set up a ‘home port’ for its Arctic oil drilling fleet, according to Seattle officials. The finding could nix Shell’s oil drilling plans for the 2015 season. By Oliver Tickell: 5 May 2015 Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic […]

Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet

Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet: 5 May 2015 Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit. Shell has multiple ships and oil rigs en route. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current […]

Shell’s Arctic return faces hurdle at Seattle port

Shell’s Arctic return faces hurdle at Seattle port By Timothy Gardner: 4 May 2015 May 4 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city’s port must apply for a permit for the company to use it […]

Kayakers prep for oil-drilling protests in West Seattle

By Seattle Times Staff: 3 May 2015 Kayakers prep for oil-drilling protests in West Seattle About 19 advanced kayakers learned self-rescue techniques and how to assist when a kayak capsizes in anticipation of the upcoming flotilla protest May 16 in Elliott Bay. Judging from the water-safety preparations and drills off Seacrest Park in West Seattle, […]

Shell Prepares Armada to Begin Arctic Exploration

Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean near Alaska this summer despite opposition from environmental groups. The Anglo-Dutch oil major is preparing “an armada of 25 vessels” to begin a two-year program to explore two to three wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska, Chief Financial […]

Shell pushes on with Arctic exploration as it awaits U.S. permit

Business | Thursday Apr 30, 2015  Shell pushes on with Arctic exploration as it awaits U.S. permit (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean near Alaska this summer despite opposition from environmental groups. The Anglo-Dutch oil major is preparing “an armada of 25 vessels” […]

Judge extends TRO after hearing on Greenpeace injunction

BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE: PUBLISHED 29 APRIL 2015 Judge extends Temporary Restraining Order after hearing on Greenpeace injunction Shell’s court battle to obtain a preliminary injunction against Greenpeace USA continued in U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason’s court in Anchorage April 28. Gleason is considering whether to issue an order that would […]

Can Shell Afford To Drill In The Arctic?

By Charles Kennedy: Wed, 29 April 2015 How can Shell possibly finance the purchase of BG? Royal Dutch Shell is set to report its first quarter earnings, and by all accounts, it will be a doozy. Analysts predict a 60 percent decline in earnings from a year earlier, including a massive 7 percent fall in production. […]

Shell Accused Of Misleading Its Shareholders About The Risks Of Arctic Drilling

BY ELISE SHULMAN — GUEST CONTRIBUTOR POSTED 29 APRIL 2015 on thinkprogress.org Shell Accused Of Misleading Its Shareholders About The Risks Of Arctic Drilling If Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program leads to a major spill, it could cost the oil company — and therefore its shareholders — an entire year’s worth of profit, according […]

Shell, Greenpeace spar over Arctic drilling safety zones

Associated Press article published Wed 29 April 2015 Shell, Greenpeace spar over Arctic drilling safety zones ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC presented testimony to a federal court judge Tuesday that the company needs safety zones around its Arctic drill fleet to prevent Greenpeace USA activists from endangering company workers and themselves. […]

Shell financial reports about Arctic drilling are too ‘rosy,’ environmentalists charge

By Yereth Rosen Alaska Dispatch News: April 28, 2015 Shell financial reports about Arctic drilling are too ‘rosy,’ environmentalists charge Shell has understated the financial risks of exploring for oil in the Arctic Ocean and federal regulators should investigate possible misrepresentations to investors, critics of the drilling plan said Tuesday. Oceana, an environmental organization, and the Abrams Environmental […]

Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Assessment Understated, Say Environmental Groups

Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Assessment Understated, Say Environmental Groups Bidness Etc discusses why environmental groups want Shell to reassess the risks for drilling in the Arctic, and that the previous report undermined the drilling risks involved By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Apr 28, 2015 Major oil companies to safeguard themselves from the lower crude oil prices are cutting […]

Groups Want Review of Shell’s Arctic Regulatory Filings

Article by Dan Joling of Associated Press published 28 April 2015 by ABC News Groups Want Review of Shell’s Arctic Regulatory Filings Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a […]

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 […]