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Report finds nations are woefully unprepared for Arctic oil spills

Extract from a PRI Public Radio International article by Adam Wernick published Friday Friday 6 June  Back in January, Royal Dutch Shell announced it was abandoning plans to drill for oil in the Arctic waters near Alaska. It was the second time in two years the company was forced to postpone plans to drill in […]

Noble Discoverer headed to Singapore

Shell workers scramble to the beach in Dutch Harbor to assess the situation with the drilling ship Noble Discoverer when it went aground while on Arctic assignment. One of the many incidents that destroyed Shell’s reputation and severely delayed its Arctic/Alaska offshore drilling plans. Extract from an upstream online article by Katherine Schmidt published 5 June 2014 The drillship […]

Interior takes step toward resuming Arctic exploration

Extract from an article by Laura Barron-Lopez  published 27 May 2014 by THE HILL Royal Dutch Shell may be able to resume Arctic oil and gas exploration if the Interior Department sticks to the timeline it filed to the U.S. District Court of Alaska. In a fling made Friday, Interior set a timeline for conducting […]

US BOEM aims for revised Chukchi Sea analysis in spring

Extracts from a Platts article published 27 May 2014 The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management told a US District Court in Alaska on Friday it will have a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale prepared by August and publication of a Final EIS by February. Under the schedule […]

Oil Giants Set Their Sights on Arctic Waters

Extracts from a Wall Street Journal article by Chester Dawson published 18 May 2014 The U.S. Department of the Interior issued a withering report in March of 2013 that said Shell’s 2012 drilling program “raised serious questions regarding its ability to operate safely and responsibly in the challenging and unpredictable conditions offshore Alaska.” Shell suspended […]

Judge suspends Arctic drilling, orders new environmental report

Extracts from a Los Angeles Times article by Paresh Dave published 24 April 2014 In the ongoing battle over offshore drilling, a federal judge in Alaska told regulators Thursday to redo an environmental impact study that underestimated the amount of recoverable oil and, potentially, the risks to delicate Arctic habitat. The decision by U.S. District […]

Royal Dutch Shell’s failed Arctic campaign

Extract from an oilprice.com article by Nick Cunningham published 24 April 2014 under the headline: “Why Alaska Increasingly Resembles A Petro-State” In an attempt to arrest the decline in oil production, Alaska’s legislature, governor, and representatives in Congress have aggressively supported offshore oil drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, which hold an estimated 29 […]

Kulluk Grounding: Miracle no injuries or loss of life

Article by Tim Bradner published 11 April 2014 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce under the headline: Coast Guard: Tug engine failure blamed on water in fuel It is a mariner’s worst nightmare: At sea, in a bad storm, pulling a heavy load and working to keep control in a dicey situation. Then, all the […]

Obama Administration Asks to Revise Environmental Impact Statement for 2008 Chukchi Lease Sale

Extract from an article by Carolyn Davis published 10 April 2014 by NaturalGasIntel.com The Obama administration, joined by Royal Dutch Shell plc, has asked an Alaska district court to allow the U.S. Department of Interior to revise an environmental impact statement (EIS) used to support the Chukchi Sea lease sale in 2008. The U.S. Court […]

Political tussle over swearing-in of oil executives unfolds on Senate floor

Extracts from an article by RICHARD MAUER published 9 April 2014 by Anchorage Daily News JUNEAU — A request by a Democratic senator that a Republican committee chairwoman require oil industry officials to be sworn before testifying Wednesday about the effects of last year’s tax cut erupted into a sharp personal battle between the two. […]

Under oath admission of tax dodging in Alaska by Shell executive

Extracts from an article published by Sit News on 9 April 2014 under the headline: ‘Under Oath’ Request Unprecedented (SitNews – Ketchikan, Alaska) – Yesterday Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) sent a letter to Resources Chair Senator Cathy Giessel requesting that she use her statutory authority to swear in the oil industry witnesses who were scheduled […]