Category: Arctic

CERAWeek: Arctic energy should include renewables, foreign leader says

Arctic oil gets plenty of talk, but Arctic wind also offers big potential, Iceland’s president says.  More »

Activists in kayaks on horizon as Shell’s Arctic rig arrives at Washington port

Activists opposed to Arctic drilling are preparing to greet the rig when it makes it to Emerald City, with some threatening a flotilla of kayaks to box the ship in.  More »

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

WASHINGTON — Hours after stormy weather forced Greenpeace activists to climb off an Arctic drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Shell won a temporary restraining order blocking the group from similar protests. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, bars Greenpeace and its activists from boarding, barricading or interfering with the […]  More »

Greenpeace protesters leave Arctic rig

Rough seas prompted the decision, Greenpeace said in an email. The protesters rappelled off the rig and got into inflatable boats before returning to a Greenpeace ship stationed nearby.  More »

Feds launch review of Shell’s Arctic drilling plan

Federal regulators have begun a 30-day review of a broad plan that forms a framework for Shell to resume Arctic drilling this summer. The company also must obtain permits for each proposed well.  More »

Shell files lawsuit against Arctic drilling protesters

The complaint, lodged in a federal district court in Alaska, comes one day after the activists climbed aboard Shell’s contracted Polar Pioneer drillship while it is traveling across the Pacific Ocean toward the United States.  More »

Arctic activists scale Shell-contracted rig

The six activists climbed aboard the Polar Pioneer as it is being heaved across the Pacific Ocean, on its way to the United States.  More »

Feds says Shell’s spill containment system works as company seeks Arctic drilling approval

Exercises this week gave Shell a chance to demonstrate the equipment for Coast Guard officials and federal regulators at the Interior Department who will decide whether the company gets critical permits enabling a new round of Chukchi Sea oil exploration this summer.  More »

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on track as Obama administration OKs lease sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says there’s more than four times as much oil in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea as it previously estimated.  More »

Report: Arctic oil drilling needed now to sustain U.S. energy security

The analysis makes the case for the United States to aggressively develop Arctic oil and gas resources that can help supply the country with energy long after some onshore fields are depleted.  More »

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing for Obama administration officials as it plans a new round of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska later this year.  More »

Energy Department study: Shale won’t last, Arctic drilling needed now

In order for the U.S. to keep domestic production high and imports low, oil companies should start probing the Artic now because it takes 10 to 30 years of preparation and drilling to bring oil to market, according to a draft of the study’s executive summary obtained by the Associated Press.  More »

As Obama administration weighs Arctic drilling, Shell moves rigs to region

Shell is moving its drilling rigs to the Pacific Northwest, ahead of critical government decisions on the company’s Arctic exploration plans.  More »

Alaska House advances operating budget with broad cuts

The budget advanced includes $273.8 million less for agency operations compared with the current fiscal year.  More »

Falling oil prices a mixed bag for international relations

Falling oil prices could promote instability and domestic conflicts in some parts of the world; but other countries that are energy importers will largely benefit from crude oil prices that have fallen in half since their summer peaks, expert said at a panel in Houston Friday.  More »
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