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Myths about Shell’s Arctic Alaska pullout persist

Yereth Rosen: Alaska Dispatch News: October 3, 2015 When Royal Dutch Shell announced that it had lost its big-money bet in the Chukchi Sea and would end its entire program in the offshore U.S. Arctic, the hyperbole and finger-pointing began in earnest. Rep. Don Young accused President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell of deliberately sabotaging Alaska’s economy. “I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbles

Extracts from an article by ROB DAVIES published 9 April 2014 by This is under the headline: “Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbles by nearly 90 per cent as company invests more in North Sea and production declines” Shell’s UK corporation tax bill tumbled by nearly 90 per cent to just £55.5m last year, […]

Poor Management and Tax Dodging Led to Kulluk Grounding

Article by RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press published 4 April 2014 by ABC NEWS under the headline: “Report: Poor Management Led to Shell Grounding” A Coast Guard report says poor risk assessment and management were factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012. The report […]

Shell’s lavish spending on quixotic drilling adventures

Shell’s quest for new reserves has seen it pump billions into money-devouring plays such as its Athabasca Oil Sands Project in northern Alberta and the Kashagan oilfield, a deeply troubled project in Kazakhstan. It’s even tried deep water drilling in the high Arctic. That attempt ended when the stormy waters of the Chukchi Sea crippled […]

Dancing with the Kulluk

Carey Restino: December 27th 2013 A year ago, a handful of mariners from private vessels, U.S. Coast Guard crews, and those contracted to work for Shell Oil headed into a tremendous storm in an effort to save a buoy-shaped oil rig from grounding off Kodiak Island. The Kulluk, a Shell Oil drill rig that had […]

It’s time to draw a line in the Arctic ice over oil and gas

   Author: Tavis Potts, Senior Lecturer in Oceans Governance at Scottish Association for Marine Science: 20 Sept 2013 I have a great respect for National Geographic. I’m a card-carrying member with an annual subscription, and I appreciate the balance, depth and understanding they bring to revealing the links between the natural and human world. So the latest […]

EPA fines Shell for Clean Air Act permit violations during offshore oil exploration in Alaska

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and Shell Offshore, Inc. for violations of their Clean Air Act permits for arctic oil and gas exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska. Based on EPA’s inspections and Shell’s excess emission reports, EPA […]

Kulluk debacle multibillion-dollar implications for Arctic oil drilling

While physically at a standstill, the Aiviq sits at the center of a federal investigation with multibillion-dollar implications for Arctic oil drilling. The U.S. Coast Guard probe seeks to answer why a massive oil rig the Aiviq was towing last winter broke loose and ran aground in the Gulf of Alaska. Royal Dutch Shell PLC, […]

Report on Kulluk grounding won’t be public until 2014

By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce: Published: 2013.08.15 10:55 AM The U.S. Coast Guard’s marine casualty investigation into the grounding of Shells’ drillship Kulluk in late 2012 will be concluded Aug. 19 but will not likely be made public until after the first of the year, a Coast Guard spokesman in Alaska said Aug. […]

Kulluk report due in July as hearings end

By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce: June-Issue-2 2013 Two weeks of U.S. Coast Guard hearings on the grounding of Shell’s drill rig Kulluk concluded May 30. A report on conclusions of the inquiry is due in early July, but that deadline may be extended, Coast Guard Lt. Commander Brian McNamara said. Coast Guard officials […]

The Argument Against Oil Drilling in Arctic Seas

The panel heard about busted shackles lost at sea. Snapped towlines. Fuel injectors clogged with slime. Forty-foot seas. And harrowing rescue attempts by Coast Guard helicopters to pluck Kulluk crewmembers from a deck that pitched and rolled with each wave. Shell’s Alaska operations manager even admitted the Kulluk left port in Dutch Harbor during the […]

Frantic but failed effort left Kulluk on the rocks

Around Dec. 7, Shell made the decision to leave that month, weather permitting, Churchfield said. The timing stemmed from concerns Shell had about the prospect of millions in state property taxes that could be assessed if the Kulluk were in Alaska at the first of the year, Churchfield told the panel. But the decision to […]

Coast Guard Concludes Hearing into Kulluk Grounding

The Coast Guard says testimony taken during the formal marine causalty investigation hearing, held in the city Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library, may lead to anything from new industry requirements to criminal charges. May 30, 2013|By Dan Carpenter | Channel 2 News ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard has wrapped up its investigative […]

Shell contractor testifies tow setup for Kulluk was modified

By LISA DEMER — [email protected]: Published May 28, 2013 An employee for a Shell contractor testified Tuesday that a heavy chain — which investigators indicated can be used to absorb the force of rough weather — was eliminated from the towing setup for Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, because of concerns about handling the gear. […]

Shell says Kulluk left Dutch Harbor to avoid taxes

A Royal Dutch Shell official testified Saturday that tax avoidance was the main reason for having the Kulluk oil drilling rig leave Dutch Harbor in December — 10 days before its grounding off a remote Alaska island. Saturday May 25, 2013 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell official testified Saturday that tax avoidance was […]

Kulluk grounding: Shell Oil testimony opens Coast Guard hearing in Anchorage

Suzanna Caldwell:May 20, 2013 A subdued Anchorage Assembly chambers turned into a federal courtroom of sorts Monday as members of the U.S. Coast Guard questioned Royal Dutch Shell officials over the grounding of one of its prized Arctic drilling vessels in stormy Gulf of Alaska winter weather. The Coast Guard’s formal marine casualty investigation hearings […]

Coast Guard hearing on Shell drill-rig grounding set to start May 20

 The Coast Guard already has referred possible pollution violations involving the Kulluk and safety and environmental issues with Shell’s other drilling rig, the Noble Discoverer, to the Justice Department. Published 13 May 2013 A formal Coast Guard hearing investigating the circumstances of the grounding of Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, begins at noon […]

Selection of Shell related article 26 April 2013

Selection of Shell related article links kindly supplied by a regular contributor What If Oil Lasts Forever?: National Journal-Apr 25, 2013: Shell Oil Company’s Deer Park refinery and petrochemical facility by Highway 225 in Deer Park, Texas, Nov. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Oil Giants Eschew Arctic Drilling: Indian Country Today Media Network-Shell Oil’s drilling unit the Kulluk ran aground, […]

Deluded and or ignorant, no, Roland Spuij is just reading from a script

“…why spoil a good story by the introduction of facts including the facts about Shell’s great Alaskan misadventure for example…” COMMENT RECEIVED FROM MR BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL RE OUR ARTICLE ABOUT SHELL EXPLORATION MANAGER ROLAND SPUIJ (PERSON ON RIGHT) TALKING THE TALK Re your article: Shell exploration manager Roland Spuij – deluded […]

The danger of getting into bed with Shell

By John Donovan Marvin Odum, the President of Shell Oil Company, has said that “Royal Dutch Shell is making a significant push into venture capital investing and collaboration with early-stage startups in the energy space.” See Wall Street Journal article “Shell Looks for Startup, Tech Partnerships Now More than Ever“. This initiative is designed to […]

Report Says Shell Unprepared for Arctic Drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska March 15, 2013 (AP) Shell was not fully prepared when it launched its trouble-plagued Arctic offshore drilling program last year, and the oil company also fell short in overseeing key contractors in the effort, according to a federal report released Thursday. The report follows a 60-day review by the Interior Department that focused […]

Tugs towing Shell drill vessel to Dutch Harbor

A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling barge that ran aground New Year’s Eve is on the move from near Kodiak Island in Alaska to Dutch Harbor. The Associated Press: Originally published February 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM | Page modified February 26, 2013 at 7:21 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling […]

Shell comedy continues: Tugs collide while maneuvering around Kulluk

By LISA DEMER — [email protected]: Published: February 19, 2013 “The Coast Guard is reviewing Shell’s tow plan and evaluating whether the vessel is seaworthy for a tow…” Two tugboats maneuvering around Royal Dutch Shell’s oil drilling rig, the Kulluk, collided Friday afternoon, but the damage was minimal, the Coast Guard said Tuesday. The Corbin Foss, […]

Setback for Shell’s Arctic oil ambitions as rigs require repair in Asia

Royal Dutch Shell’s hopes of resuming drilling for oil off Alaska this summer have suffered a further setback after it revealed both its Arctic drilling rigs would now need to be taken to Asia for repairs. Kulluk, the oil drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground in Alaska after drifting in stormy weather. Photo: […]

Shell To Face Challenges Replacing Damaged Arctic Rigs

Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plans to send its two offshore drilling rigs to Asia for extensive repairs will likely mean the cancellation of its second summer of drilling in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, unless it can find replacements fit to do the work – something that may prove to be a challenge. By Tom Fowler […]

Royal Dutch Shell Kulluk Cover-up?

POSTING ON SHELL BLOG BY “OUTSIDER” Dry towing a drillship? Something must be very seriously wrong. And when the Kulluk comes out of the water the damage to the hull will be clear for all to see – look forward to seeing the photographs! RELATED COMMENT The practice of dry towing is used when a […]

Shell Vessels Sidelined, Imperiling Arctic Plans

In another blow to its Alaskan Arctic drilling program, Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday that it had decided to tow its two drill vessels there to Asian ports for major repairs, jeopardizing its plans to begin drilling for oil in the icy northern seas next summer. Shell executives said the Kulluk had sustained damage to […]

Selection of Shell related articles 8 February 2013

Selection of Shell related article links kindly supplied by a regular contributor Stranded Shell drill vessel won’t face state tax: FuelFix (blog)-State oil and gas attorney Martin Schultz said the policy covers the Kulluk. “It’s a pretty straightforward interpretation as it applies to the Shell … G8 and Nigeria’s Oil Wealth: Corruption and Wealth of […]

Shell vows to tame Arctic

Shell’s chief executive has vowed that a string of embarrassing mishaps will not derail its controversial $5 billion Arctic drilling campaign. He said: “We will not be distracted by being in the crossfire. THE TIMES FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1 2013: Page 45 Tim Webb. Katherine Griffiths Shell’s chief executive has vowed that a string of embarrassing […]

Will the shale-oil revolution sink Shell’s Arctic ambitions?

Alex DeMarban | Jan 20, 2013 Perhaps more important than the clamor of environmentalists, the grandstanding of politicians, or the blunders of Royal Dutch Shell‘s own making is how long oil prices will remain high enough to support Arctic exploration in northern Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Not long, believes one analyst watching the clouds […]

Kulluk provides lesson in humility, Murphy’s law

Unlike some of Shell’s critics outside, we know the Gulf isn’t the Arctic, the Beaufort isn’t the Bering, Wainwright isn’t Dutch. But geography isn’t the issue here. It’s Shell’s judgment and operations. Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 10:47 pm “If there is to be a path forward with respect to offshore energy development in the […]

U.K. Government Rejects Lawmakers’ Calls to Halt Arctic Oil Drilling

01/14/2013| 07:16pm US/Eastern By Selina Williams LONDON–The U.K. government has rejected lawmakers’ calls for a halt to Arctic oil and gas drilling, despite renewed safety concerns following the recent grounding of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSA, RDSA.LN, RDSB.LN) Kulluk rig off Alaska, saying that securing global energy supplies was paramount. The U.K. government’s comments, published […]

Refusal over Arctic drilling ban

MPs on the all-party Environmental Audit Committee say the UK has a moral responsibility. The committee held an enquiry into protection of the Arctic last year. As part of the investigation they questioned Shell. They are now recalling the firm for enquiries since its drill rig Kulluk ran aground in Alaska this month. By Roger […]

Another Stumble in the Quest for Arctic Oil

Shell has provided a helpful window into what a future of offshore drilling in the Arctic would look like, and it looks disastrous. Extracts from article published 13 Jan 2013: Another Stumble in the Quest for Arctic Oil Shell’s decision to tow its drill rig from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Seattle for repairs in the […]

For all but Shell, Alaska risks outweighed the benefits

In an April document entitled “-48° C,” Lloyd’s of London – a British insurance giant – claimed that “cleaning up any oil spill in the Arctic, particularly in ice-covered areas, would present multiple obstacles which together constitute a unique and hard-to-manage risk.” In July, British Petroleum – which had run the Deepwater Horizon platform – […]

Shell faces fresh scrutiny over Alaskan drilling

The pressure is mounting on Shell to abandon its quest for Arctic oil after the US government ordered two reviews into the company’s activities off the Alaskan coast… after a series of accidents in the area involving its ships, rigs and equipment that culminated in the grounding of the rig Kulluk… The US Coastguard…opened an […]


Do we really need to have another disaster on the scale of Piper Alpha or Alexander Kielland before Shell starts to apply the same standards to their Alaskan operations as are applied to their international operations? Has anyone ever heard of a 47 year old drilling vessel being used in the Arctic in Norway, or […]

Shell’s Alaska Rig Debacle — Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

While one Shell spokesman confirmed that the tax structure influenced the timing of the move, a second spokesman insisted it was driven by safety concerns for voyage, as two weeks of favorable weather were forecast for the trip. Worse than gales in the Beaufort Sea for Royal Dutch Shell PLC in the wake of the incident […]

Safe harbor, uncertain future for Shell’s Arctic rig

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy | January 7, 2013 | Updated: January 7, 2013 11:01pm WASHINGTON – A massive campaign to free a grounded Arctic drilling rig that involved more than a dozen ships and some 730 people cleared a big hurdle Monday, as salvagers pulled the vessel to safe harbor in Alaska. Salvage crews anchored […]

Platform-free oil in Arctic waters within striking distance

Balazs Koranyi Reuters: 9:08 a.m. CST, January 7, 2013 OSLO (Reuters) – Lying at the bottom of a giant water-filled pit in western Norway, a thousand-ton gas compressor is humming along, going through grueling tests as engineers prepare it to change oil and gas production for good. The compressor, a prototype for Royal Dutch Shell’s […]

Shell oil drilling vessel towed after running aground off Alaska island during storm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel pulled from rocks off a remote Alaska island approached shelter Monday morning in a protected Kodiak Island bay. By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, January 7, 6:55 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel pulled from rocks off a remote Alaska island approached shelter […]

Arctic drilling – cold feet

FROM THE FINANCIAL TIMES JAN 7, 2013 Cold, wet and windy in those Alaska waters. An accident involving Shell’s Kulluk oil drilling rig over the new year has set alarm bells ringing… …only technology can reduce the risks. Until it is developed further, there is no need to rush into such stormy waters. FULL FT […]

Towing of Shell Alaska oil rig off rocks set to begin

(Reuters) – A recovery team was poised to start towing a grounded Shell oil rig off rocks near an Alaska island, assuming the weather allows, the team said late on Sunday. A tow line was attached to the Kulluk drillship on Sunday at about 4 p.m. (1:00 a.m. British time) and all elements were in […]

Gulf of Alaska storms vs. Kulluk drilling rig

Unbelievably, a Shell Oil spokesman said, that forecasts indicated  a favorable two-week weather window. This is at odds with the facts. Cliff Mass | Jan 06, 2013 The storms win. Shell Oil made a misguided and poorly informed decision to move a huge drilling platform (the Kulluk) from Dutch Harbor Alaska to Seattle starting Dec. […]

Vosers Holed Arctic Superbucket

John, Just wondered how Voser’s Superbucket performed in the Arctic! This cartoon character depicts the goings on in the HAGUE OFFICE in response to the PR hogwash.

Shell to Tow Grounded Alaska Drill Rig 30 Miles in Recovery Plan

By Isaac Arnsdorf – Jan 6, 2013 8:48 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) plans to tow the drilling rig that ran aground in Alaska about 30 miles to a safe harbor after naval architects determined the vessel is safe to move. The Kulluk, which ran aground after breaking from a tow boat during […]

US Army joins battle to save stricken Shell rig

Adding to Shell’s problems, one of the company’s leading shareholders told The Sunday Telegraph that the market was “nervous” about the Arctic as there would be “hell to pay” in the event of a spill. The US Army has been called in to help with the battle to salvage Royal Dutch Shell’s stricken Kulluk Arctic […]

8 reasons why Shell can’t be trusted in the Arctic

Shell’s most recent ‘mishap’ a few days ago was not the first setback the oil giant has suffered in its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. In fact, it’s the eighth in a growing list of reasons why Shell should not be trusted in the Arctic. 1. Shell has no idea how much […]

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