Category: Arctic

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 »

U.S. must invest in Arctic, Senate panel told

As the United States prepares to take over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the country needs to invest more heavily in icebreakers, navigational aids and other resources for the region.  More »

Feds weighing Shell bid for more time in Arctic

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the Obama administration will decide soon whether to yield to Shell’s request for an extension of its Arctic drilling leases. Statoil and ConocoPhillips have made parallel requests for leases that will begin expiring in 2019.  More »

Cleanup crews respond to Hilcorp pipeline spill in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says responders were able to reach the site at about 6 a.m. Sunday after severe blizzard conditions overnight Saturday halted response efforts.  More »

Feds propose Arctic drilling mandates

The Interior Department’s proposal would for the first time impose specific mandates on offshore drilling in isolated U.S. Arctic waters — updating rules that were built decades ago for the much more temperate Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Walker plans to pursue 2 export-capable gaslines

The state faces projected multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid a crash in oil prices, and the stand-alone project was among the big-ticket projects for which Walker late last year had halted new spending pending a review.  More »

Alaska deep-water port proposed for vessels in Arctic waters

As ship traffic has increased, federal agencies have expressed concern about responding to vessels in distress, industrial activities and oil spills.  More »

Feds release new Arctic drilling analysis

The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management responds to a federal court ruling against the environmental analysis underpinning that seven-year-old sale, and leaves open the possibility that Shell Oil Co. will resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.  More »

Commentary: Port of Seattle and Shell quietly sign deal to house company’s Arctic drilling fleet

With rapid authorization, negotiation and signing of the lease — reminiscent of how decisions on the waterfront used to be greased — the port has secured a $13.17 million deal and forestalled efforts by the region’s environmental groups to stop it.  More »
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