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Myths about Shell’s Arctic Alaska pullout persist

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Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 09.03.21Yereth RosenAlaska 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 sure somewhere Sally Jewell and President Obama are smiling and celebrating Shell’s decision to cease operations off the coast of Alaska,” Young said in a statement issued just after Shell’s announcement. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Salazar Looks Back on a ‘Joyful Run’ as Interior Secretary

Screen Shot 2013-04-06 at 17.27.43Mr. Salazar also escaped without serious harm from a second serious miscalculation — allowing the Shell Oil Company to begin exploring for oil and gas off the North Slope of Alaska before it had the equipment, personnel or management skill to handle the challenges of working in the Arctic environment. Though Shell had repeated accidents and delays, no one was injured and no oil spilled, in part because the regulators at the Interior Department blocked them from drilling into oil-bearing zones. “We told Shell that we were proceeding with the utmost caution and would be watching them every step of the way,” Mr. Salazar said in a farewell interview in his expansive corner office. “The 2012 season was one in which much was learned but where we also stuck to the bright line of their meeting the requirements of their permits.” Shell has announced it will not be returning to the Arctic in 2013 while it repairs its drill rigs and beefs up its safety systems. The Interior Department has said the oil company will not be granted permits to resume operations in Alaska until it proves it has adequate oversight and equipment in place.

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By Published: April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON — Ken Salazar, a man of unnaturally sunny disposition in an often gloomy town, may be the happiest person in the Obama administration these days. He is going home to Colorado next week, provided his successor as interior secretary is confirmed as expected.

“I’ve had a glorious and joyful run,” he reflected on Thursday about his four years at the top of the Department of the Interior and, before that, his four years in the Senate. “Coming to work, I’ve just been living the dream every day.” read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell to sign Russian Arctic deal with Gazprom Neft, Kremlin reveals

Royal Dutch Shell is poised for a fresh attempt at Arctic oil exploration through a deal with Russia’s Gazprom Neft, the Kremlin revealed on Thursday night.

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 Emily Gosden By 7:54PM BST 04 Apr 2013

The companies are preparing to sign an agreement that will cover joint offshore drilling in the Russian Arctic as well as shale oil projects onshore in Western Siberia, it said.

The agreement will be announced next week when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Netherlands, where the Anglo-Dutch company is headquartered.

Gazprom Neft is the majority-owned, oil-focused arm of gas giant Gazprom, which is in turn majority-owned by the Russian state.

The deal comes just weeks after Shell was forced to delay its high-profile exploration campaign in the Alaskan Arctic for another year after a series of setbacks blighted its campaign in 2012. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

US accuses Shell of ‘screwing up’

Mr Salazar said: “Shell screwed up in 2012 and we’re not going to let them screw up when they try to drill in the Arctic again.”

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The i: Friday 29 March 2013 Page 48 of Business Section

By Tom Bawden

Shell’s beleaguered campaign to produce oil in the Arctic has suffered a further setback yesterday  when US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the company “screwed up” its attempt to drill in Alaska last year.

Furthermore, he said, Shell will not be allowed to drill in the area again until it demonstrates it can handle Arctic conditions and commissions an independent audit of its management systems.

The US Department of the Interior ordered a 60-day review in January of Shell’s plans to drill off the coast of Alaska after a series of incidents in the area that culminated in the grounding of the Kulluk rig. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Marvin Odum, just another Shell snake oil salesman

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Based on insider information, we beat Shell to the punch by announcing a day before Shell, that David Lawrence had left the company. We said that he had been fired after Shell’s Arctic plans fell apart.

When Shell was put under pressure to comment, the company claimed Lawrence was leaving by mutual consent. A fuelfix article published by The Houston Chronicle said in reference to this website “skeptics have fostered a different view:”

It wasn’t a case of being skeptical. We knew for certain that Shell was not being candid. Shell Oil Company president Marvin Odum apparently hoped we would all swallow the “mutual consent” hogwash. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Arctic Drilling Will Begin This Year, Shell Official Says


A version of this article appeared in print on August 18, 2012, on page B2 of the New York edition

HOUSTON — Despite embarrassing delays and trouble with its equipment, Shell remains confident that it will get final approval from regulators and be able to begin drilling for oil in Arctic waters off the Alaskan coast this summer, the oil company’s top Alaska executive said on Friday.

“We absolutely expect to drill this year,” Peter E. Slaiby, Shell’s vice president in charge of Alaskan operations, said in a telephone interview. “Our confidence continues to grow, and we are feeling good.” read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell continues to delay drilling, waiting for containment barge

Week of August 19, 2012: Vol. 17, No.34

Shell continues to delay drilling, waiting for containment barge

Although Shell has sent three of the vessels from its Arctic drilling fleet north to the Chukchi Sea, in preparation for its planned outer continental shelf exploratory drilling, the company’s drilling program remains on hold, waiting for the completion of retrofit work on the company’s containment barge, the Arctic Challenger, and U.S. Coast Guard certification of the vessel.

The company has installed its new Arctic oil containment system in the barge as part its oil spill contingency arrangements. And before the vessel can depart Seattle, where the system retrofit is being done, all work on the vessel must be completed and the Coast Guard must certify the vessel as safe for its intended use. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Time running out for Shell drilling in Arctic, Salazar says

By Yereth Rosen

ANCHORAGE | Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:47pm EDT

(Reuters) – Time is running out for Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) to drill exploration wells in Arctic waters off northern and northwestern Alaska, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday.

Shell’s long-awaited plan to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea has been held up by its inability to win approval for an oil-spill barge that is a required piece of safety equipment, Salazar said. The barge remains in Bellingham, Washington undergoing inspections and awaiting certification from the U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping, he said. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell: Oil spill barge close to beginning Arctic journey

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 9:11 am by Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Alaska,

The newly renovated barge that Shell is counting on to help clean up any oil spill in Arctic waters may soon be ready to set sail from a Washington state shipyard.

Shell and Superior Energy have been winnowing down a once-400-item to-do list for the Arctic Challenger barge, based on Coast Guard inspections while it was being built in Everett, Wash.

If it clears Coast Guard inspections and successfully passes an oil spill containment drill for Interior Department regulators, the barge could be ready to begin its journey north in about a week, said Shell Oil Co. spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh. read more and its sister websites,, and are all owned by John Donovan
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