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A Dachshund and Two Border Collies Play Role in Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans

Title: A Dachshund and Two Border Collies Play Role in Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans

Royal Dutch Shell is all set to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters this summer after receiving approval by the federal government back in February. Shell intends to start drilling off the Northwest coast of Alaska in as early as June. In order to prepare for the possibility of dealing with oil spills, Shell has added three new employees that can apparently detect spills in the Arctic. Amazingly enough, these employees have been a bargain for Shell. The new employees include border collies Jippi and Blues, and Dachshund Tara. These are the cutest and cuddliest workers Shell has ever employed. read more

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Shell Wants Greens to Butt Out of Arctic

Courthouse News Service

By PURNA NEMANI

ANCHORAGE (CN) – Shell oil sued 13 leading environmental groups, seeking a Federal Court order declaring it legally authorized to proceed with Arctic Ocean drilling this summer, despite the groups’ complaints.

An Anchorage federal judge in March granted Shell a protective order preventing Greenpeace from interfering in Shell’s plans to explore offshore oil and gas leases in the Arctic.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason granted Shell’s request two days after Greenpeace members boarded its drilling vessel, the Noble Discoverer, to protest and try to prevent it from drilling in the Arctic. read more

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Greenpeace activists held after they board Shell icebreaker

By Agence France-Presse: Thu, May 03 2012 at 2:37 PM EST

Swedish police said they arrested six Greenpeace activists who boarded an icebreaker in the Baltic Sea Thursday in a bid to block plans by Anglo Dutch giant Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic.

The activists, who boarded the Finnish icebreaker Nordica, were arrested for “aggravated trespassing and criminal conversion,” police said in a statement.

The Nordica is under contract to Shell with another icebreaker, the Fennica, to provide support for an operation to drill five exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas respectively, Greenpeace says. read more

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Greenpeace Nordic intercepts Shell icebreaker to thwart Arctic drilling

Greenpeace Nordic intercepts Shell icebreaker to thwart Arctic drilling

May 3, 2012

Öland, Sweden, 3 May 2012 – Greenpeace Nordic activists today intercepted at open sea and boarded a Shell-contracted icebreaker, the Nordica, to continue its protest against the oil major’s destructive plans to start drilling in the pristine Arctic region.

At about 04:20 six activists from five different countries boarded the Nordica in Swedish waters south of Öland, scaled the ship and have locked themselves down throughout the ship. They are demanding that Shell abandons its controversial plans to drill in the fragile Arctic.

 “Shell’s reckless plans to start drilling for oil in the Arctic pose an unacceptable threat to a unique place on earth,” said Greenpeace Nordic Arctic campaigner eco-toxicologist Therese Jacobson. “We are standing at a crossroads. A choice needs to be made to protect the Arctic or allow Shell and other oil greedy companies to destroy this precious region. The choice is clear, we must save the Arctic.” read more

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Shell’s offshore Alaska drilling program still not a given

Shell’s offshore Alaska drilling program still not a given: Watson

Houston (Platts)–1May2012/1245 pm EDT/1645 GMT

Despite Shell’s assurances that it hopes to begin its oil drilling program offshore Alaska this summer, US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James Watson pointed out Tuesday that there are still several steps to go in his agency before this is certain.

“We still don’t know if this drilling activity is going to occur,” he said, speaking to reporters after a presentation at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. read more

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Greenpeace Says Activists Occupy Shell Icebreaker in Finland

Greenpeace Says Activists Occupy Shell Icebreaker in Finland

By Kari Lundgren – May 1, 2012 1:17 PM GMT+0100

Greenpeace activists occupied a Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) icebreaker in Finland, protesting the company’s plans to drill for oil off Alaska.

Twenty activists boarded the Nordica icebreaker this morning and have locked themselves on to the vessel in a bid to prevent it from traveling to Alaska, where drilling is poised to start, the environmental organization said today in a statement.

Shell and the U.S. Interior Department say they’ve taken steps to ensure drilling in the waters off Alaska will be safe and any spills promptly contained. The oil producer, which has spent about $4 billion on Arctic leases, equipment and research since 2005, said its plans are the best in the industry. read more

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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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Shell wins injunction, Greenpeace looks at options

When an oil company with billions of dollars employs an army of lawyers to undermine your right to peaceful protest and free speech, then you know you’re doing something right.

April 6th 2:56 pm | Jim Paulin

Shell has won an injunction requiring Greenpeace to keep its distance, 1,000 meters from oil rigs and 500 meters from support boats nationwide, and now the Coast Guard is making a more modest proposal for a 25-yard “safety zone” restricting movements around the oil vessels in Dutch Harbor.

A Greenpeace spokesman would not rule anything out.

“Greenpeace does not discuss what we might or might not do in the future. What we can say is that we’ll continue to oppose Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic peacefully and passionately because we believe that this project could spark an Arctic oil rush which will damage both the climate and the pristine environment,” said spokesman James Turner. read more

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Shell gets injunction for Arctic drill ships

The Associated Press March 29, 2012, 7:10PM ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska

A federal judge has ordered representatives of Greenpeace USA to stay a kilometer away from Shell Oil’s drilling vessels destined for Arctic Ocean waters off Alaska’s northern shores.

The 29-page order signed Wednesday by Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage grants a preliminary injunction requested by Shell through Oct. 31, the end of the open water drilling season. A 500-meter safety zone is in place for support vessels. read more

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Shell’s Lawsuit Against Environmental Organizations Courts Disaster

…Shell also settled a case charging them with collaborating with the Niger military to kill environmental activists who led the protests.

Shell is suing 12 environmental organizations to preempt legal challenges to exploration in the Arctic Ocean. The environmental groups include, among others, the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Audubon Society, Oceana (full disclosure: Oceana is a source for CSRHub ratings) and the Sierra Club. Crazy isn’t it, Shell, a $378 billion company, attacking the National Audubon Society? It’s a bully image that can only hurt, and Shell should know better because it’s happened to them over and over again. read more

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Shell Tramples Our Civil Rights

Yesterday, in a small courtroom in Alaska, David met Goliath once again. Greenpeace USA’s small team of lawyers came face to face with representatives from Shell, the multinational oil company seeking one of the broadest legal injunctions ever sought against an entirely peaceful environmental group. The judge’s decision will resonate far beyond Anchorage and help determine the future of activism in this country.

A little backstory is needed here. In a desperate attempt to shore up its proven reserves, Shell is betting the ranch on new drilling in Arctic waters. Its executives purr reassuringly about ‘energy independence,’ as if one more hit of the black stuff will be enough to lower gas prices, ease our financial pain and bring back the dreamy nineties. Rather than seeing melting sea ice for what it really is — a flashing warning sign of continental proportions — this increasingly desperate company wants to drill for more of the fossil fuel that is causing the problem in the first place. 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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Dogs take lead in sniffing out Arctic oil

As the study itself notes: “Today, no proven operational system exists for detecting oil spill covered by snow and/or ice … “The idea that small dogs can track leaking oil deep under the Arctic pack ice in the middle of winter is absurd,”…

Shell has been training a dachshund and two border collies to detect oil spills beneath snow and ice

When it comes to drilling for oil in the harsh and unpredictable Arctic, Shell has gone to the dogs, it seems. A dachshund and two border collies to be specific.

The dogs’ ability to sniff out oil spills beneath snow and ice has been tested and paid for by Shell – and other oil companies and government research organisations – in preparation for the industry’s entry into the forbidding Arctic terrain. The company hopes to begin drilling for oil off the north-west coast of Alaska in June. read more

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Portland’s Stoel Rives represents Shell Oil against Greenpeace protests in the Arctic

Monday, March 12, 2012

By Richard Read, The Oregonian

First, it was Miller Nash suing environmentalists on behalf of Japanese whale hunters. Now, another big-league Portland law firm is working to foil similar high-seas protests, representing Shell Oil Co. against Greenpeace.

Shell executives, fed up with disruption of Arctic Ocean drilling plans, chose powerhouse Stoel Rives to seek a restraining order blocking “reckless actions” by Greenpeace.

The cases are unrelated, other than some legal commonalities and that they fall under the jurisdiction of the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The role of two Portland firms in similar cases is coincidental, other than what it may say about the national caliber of their attorneys. read more

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Greenpeace ordered to stay away from Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs

latimes.com
By Kim Murph: March 1, 2012, 7:24 p.m.
Reporting from Seattle—With conflict brewing over Shell’s plans to begin exploratory drilling in the U.S. Arctic this summer, a federal judge in Anchorage has issued a temporary restraining order banning Greenpeace activists from launching operations against the company’s two drilling rigs.


U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason on Thursday granted the oil company’s request for an order preventing activists from repeating their recent stunt off New Zealand, in which Greenpeace drilling opponents mounted the Noble Discoverer drilling rig and impeded its departure for North America.

“Other recent and past actions confirm Greenpeace’s intent to do what it takes to prevent Shell from carrying out its Arctic exploration drilling program and, more broadly, to ‘kick the oil companies out of the Arctic,’” Royal Dutch Shell lawyers said in their motion. read more

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Shell launches preemptive legal strike

Royal Dutch Shell launched an extraordinary preemptive legal strike Wednesday against opponents of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean…

latimes.com
By Kim Murphy February 29, 2012, 5:12 p.m.

Reporting from Seattle—

Royal Dutch Shell launched an extraordinary preemptive legal strike Wednesday against opponents of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, filing suit against more than a dozen environmental organizations likely to challenge its plan for drilling exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer.

In a petition for declaratory relief filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, the oil giant seeks to have the court rule that the U.S. government complied with federal law when it approved Shell’s oil spill response plan for upcoming exploratory well-drilling in the Arctic. read more

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