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Critics continue objections, but Arctic offshore drilling moves forward for 2012, future years

By Associated Press, Monday, July 2, 12:11 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In choppy water under blue sky off Bellingham, Wash., a Shell Oil crew on Monday lowered a “capping stack” 200 feet in the water and put it through maneuvers with underwater robots connected by cable to operators on the surface, a test that fulfilled one of the final steps required for permission to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters.

The capping stack looks like a giant spark plug and is designed to kill an undersea oil well blowout by providing a metal-to-metal seal on a malfunctioning blowout preventer.

Shell is sending the capping stack, skimmers, boom and a containment dome on board a flotilla accompanying drill ships to Alaska’s northern shores as part of a spill response plan that has the blessing of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Shell expects final approvals within weeks and drilling by late this month.

But environmental groups contend the government has it wrong. Despite reforms put in place after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, their basic objections remain. Shell has vastly overstated its ability to respond to a worst-case scenario spill in open water, said attorney Holly Harris of Earthjustice, and no oil company has demonstrated it can clean up a spill that lingers into the Arctic’s eight months of sea ice. read more

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Court To Allow Shell to Drill in Gulf of Mexico

The Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a petition by Defenders of Wildlife and Gulf Restoration Network to halt Shell Oil’s latest exploration plan to drill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had approved Shell’s plan, or “Shell EP,” to conduct drilling in ten exploratory wells between 7,100 and 7,300 feet deep off the shore of Alabama in the Central Gulf of Mexico.

The petitioners challenged the ruling, claiming that Shell EP violates the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species. The court said that NEPA’s requirements had been met, and the low probability (estimated risk of 0.07%) of an oil spill means the exploratory drilling does not violate the Endangered Species Act. read more

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Greenpeace, Shell show off Arctic assets in Seattle

Alaska Dispatch | Jun 11, 2012

Popular Mechanics reports on touring the Kulluk, an oil rig being refurbished by Royal Dutch Shell to drill off the Alaska Coast this July.

The Kulluk, currently residing in Vigor Shipyards in Seattle, is being refurbished by Royal Dutch Shell after six years of inactivity. The modifications of the Kulluk are nearly complete, and the rig is set to be towed north this month, up through the Bering Strait and east of Point Barrow, with operations to begin in late July. read more

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Another alleged case of IP theft hits Royal Dutch Shell

By John Donovan

Whilst trawling through cases filed against Shell on the U.S. Court system electronic records, I came across a claim filed on 17 April 2012.

It is yet another case alleging that Shell has misappropriated intellectual property.

Our own problems with Shell arose from the serial theft of ideas we disclosed to the company in strictest confidence. We had to sue four times over a period of several years. Shell eventually settled all of our claims, but only after we were besieged by unethical activity designed to intimidate our witnesses and frighten us into abandoning the litigation. read more

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PROFESSORS LETTER TO SHELL CEO PETER VOSER & SHELL ALASKA VP PETER SLAIBY

HI John and Alfred —

First of all, your website is wonderful!

And FYI, you may be interested in the attached letter, which I sent to Shell at the Hague and here in Anchorage tonight.  I am trying to pin them down on some commitments prior to their Arctic offshore drilling commences this summer here in Alaska.  Feel free to post, circulate, etc….

Thanks, and keep up your great work on your website!

Rick Steiner, Professor
Oasis Earth
Anchorage, Alaska
907-360-4503
www.oasis-earth.com read more

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Environment: Shell’s readiness on Arctic drilling challenged

Environment: Shell’s readiness on Arctic drilling challenged

Posted on May 13, 2012 by Bob Berwyn Conservation group wants SEC to investigate oil company’s statements on plans for oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Environmental activists say they want Royal Dutch Shell stockholders to know about all the potential risks and liabilities associated with the company’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic ocean.

In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Center for Biological Diversity charges that Shell may have made false and misleading statements, and omitted crucial information about its readiness to drill in the Arctic Ocean.

Considering the chain of corporate events leading up to BP’s massive oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s doesn’t require a huge leap of faith to imagine that an oil company may not be completely forthright about its activities, but the environmental group even offered specific examples of Shell’s preparations for oil drilling. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Shares Down 2.5% After It Reports US Gulf Sheen

The report comes nearly two years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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Shell Reports ‘Light Sheen’ In Gulf Of Mexico, Dispatches Spill Vessel

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Shell says it has dispatched an oil-spill response vessel to the location, between the Mars and Ursa production areas, and has requested flights to monitor the one-by-10-mile sheen with aerial surveillance.

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In Total North Sea gas leak, comparisons to Gulf oil spill inevitable

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, April 9, 3:38 PM

PARIS — Oil giant Total has moved to reassure investors and environmental activists over the past week that the financial and environmental damage from its gas leak in the North Sea would be limited, a task made more difficult by comparisons to BP’s handling of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico nearly two years ago. Initial data showed that the leak from Total’s platform in the Elgin gas field 150 miles (250 kilometers) off the coast of Scotland — which was first detected March 25 — was pouring out about 7 million cubic feet (200,000 cubic meters) of natural gas each day. On Friday, the company said the rate of the leak appeared to have slowed but had no new figure.

In a conference call to analysts and reporters last week, Total Chief Financial Officer Patrick de La Chevardiere appealed to those listening to avoid comparisons between the Elgin leak and the Gulf spill at BP’s Macondo well.

“While we understand that comparisons to Macondo are inevitable, we would like to state clearly that the situations are very different,” he said. “There is no crude oil involved here and therefore the current impact on and risks for the environment are relatively low.” read more

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Elgin platform gas leak: Shell evacuates Shearwater

The BBC understands workers were told ‘this is not a drill’, before being evacuated

26 March 2012 Last updated at 20:18

Elgin platform gas leak: Shell evacuates Shearwater.

Oil workers have been removed from a second platform and drilling rig in the North Sea because of safety concerns.

A gas leak near a rig 150 miles (240km) off Aberdeen led to the evacuation of the Elgin platform on Sunday.

Now Shell has moved 85 non-essential staff from a nearby platform Shearwater platform and Hans Deul drilling rig because of the drifting gas.

The oil giant said the move was a “precautionary measure” because of drifting gas. read more

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Shell Sued in U.K. Over ’Massive’ 2008 Nigerian Oil Spills


By Erik Larson – Mar 23, 2012 5:02 PM GMT

A unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, was sued in Britain by 11,000 Nigerians who say their land, rivers and wetlands were spoiled by two “massive” spills in the Niger River delta in 2008.

The lawsuit against Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary was filed in London today by residents of the coastal Bodo community after talks failed to produce a deal, the group’s law firm Leigh Day & Co. said in a statement. While Shell admits liability for the leaks, it claims local people spilled most of the oil. read more

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Corporate Social Responsibility – what it really means

…if Shell had been treating an oil field in the U.S. or Europe in the way that it has its assets in the Niger Delta, where 2,000 major spillage sites have never been cleaned up, then the political and media fallout would be similar to what BP is now struggling with in the United States.

By Paddy Briggs

The calamity of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to put corporate reputation as a subject very much in the spotlight and, hardly surprisingly, many commentators contrast BP’s past attempts to claim the moral highground on environmental matters with the stark reality of what happened in the Gulf of Mexico. The idea that corporations should be “socially responsible” whilst fashionable is not new – and it remains an extremely controversial concept. Let me try and delve into what Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) really means – and explain that all too often CSR has been just a tool of a company’s reputation management/Public Relations activities rather than something that sets strict behavioural norms. In all too many cases CSR reports are selective, partial and glossy window-dressing – leading to charges of “Greenwash” – rather than true reflections of a corporation’s actual non-financial (Health, Safety, Environment etc.) performance. read more

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Greenpeace activists board Shell-contracted icebreakers in Helsinki

Friday, 16 March, 2012 – 21:23

Greenpeace Nordic activists have today scaled and boarded two Shell-contracted icebreakers in Helsinki, occupying the vessels as they prepared to sail for the Alaskan Arctic to support Shell’s Arctic oil drilling there.

Once onboard the Fennica and Nordica, about 20 activists deployed huge banners on the crane on the quay, by the side of Nordica and a third one on the bow of Fennica as well as handing out brooms and shovels to the crew. Amazingly, using brooms and shovels is the most advanced strategy the industry has for removing oil from ice, as demonstrated in both Shell’s own oil response plan for the Chukchi Sea and during the Godafoss oil spill in ice-covered Norwegian waters last year. read more

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Russian oil rig sinking casts doubt on Arctic plan

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, AP Business Writer: 23 December 2011

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MOSCOW (AP) — The sinking of a floating oil rig that left more than 50 crew dead or missing is intensifying fears that Russian companies searching for oil in remote areas are unprepared for emergencies — and could cause a disastrous spill in the pristine waters of the Arctic.

Only four months ago, Russian energy giant Gazprom sent Russia’s first oil platform to the environmentally sensitive region, and industry experts and environmentalists warned it is unfit for the harsh conditions and is too far from rescue crews to be reached quickly in case of an accident. They are demanding Russia put Arctic oil projects on hold. read more

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Lessons of the Deepwater Horizon

A version of this editorial appeared in print on December 19, 2011, on page A28 of the New York edition

The latest investigative report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, released Wednesday, is an important reminder of industry’s past carelessness and a summons to vigilance in the future. It could not have been more timely, coming just as the Interior Department was concluding its first auction of new drilling leases in the gulf since the spill.

The report was prepared by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council. It concluded — as had an earlier study by a presidential commission — that the explosion resulted from a series of poor decisions by BP and others, including a major miscalculation involving the ability of the well to withstand sudden increases in pressure. The study criticized both the industry and federal regulators for “misplaced trust” in the ability of blowout preventers to seal off wells in an emergency, and called for industry to redesign these devices to make them more reliable in the future. read more

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Shell gambles billions in Arctic Alaska push

By LISA DEMER

Published: December 3rd, 2011 10:24 PM

NEW ORLEANS — Standing in front of a brightly colored, 3-D image of the geology far below the floor of the Chukchi Sea, Steve Phelps pointed to the “giant opportunity” that has prompted Shell Oil to pour billions of dollars into the Alaska Arctic.

“Burger — that’s the name you are going to get to know,” Phelps recently told reporters gathered here to learn about the huge oil company’s plans and promises for Alaska. read more

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