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Shell's executive vice president for the Arctic, Ann Pickard, stands in front of the massive legs of the Transocean Polar Pioneer while it is being loaded with supplies in Seattle. Shell Oil Co. plans to use the Polar Pioneer and the Noble Discoverer to bore two exploratory oil wells in its Burger Prospect in the Chukchi Sea, about 70 miles northwest of the Alaska coast. Pickard, 60, took over Shell's Arctic portfolio in 2013 -- the latest step in a long career that included a three-year stint in Australia and five years heading Shell's interests in Nigeria.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell’s top Arctic exec is retiring, will join KBR board

Shell ended its $7 billion Arctic venture after the exploratory well it drilled in Alaskan waters of the Chukchi Sea failed to find significant amounts of oil and gas.
Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, pauses as the company announce their fourth-quarter results in London, U.K., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Van Beurden pledged to do all he can to maintain payments to shareholders of Europe's largest oil company after crude prices fell by more than half in the past six months. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg  *** Local Caption *** Ben van Beurden

Shell CEO: “We have to live within our means”

The oil bust has forced Shell and its rivals to recalibrate the timing and affordability of projects around the world.
This June 15, 2015 file photo shows kayakers trying to block the departure of the Shell Oil Polar Pioneer rig platform as it moved from Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington.  (Tim Exton/AFP/Getty Images)

Even as it walks away from Arctic drilling, Shell keeps door open for future work

The company says it’s walking away from oil exploration in U.S. Arctic waters for the “foreseeable future,” but it’s keeping its options open.
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria,

Study on Arctic port for drilling support ships put on hold

Shell’s decision last month to halt offshore drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas raised questions about the need for the port project aimed primarily at reducing travel costs for oil and gas support vessels.
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Obama administration closes off two avenues for new Arctic drilling

The Interior Department announced it was canceling government auctions of drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, previously scheduled for 2016 and 2017 respectively. At the same time, it formally rejected bids by Statoil and Shell for more time to search for crude under their existing Arctic leases.
(Paul White/(AP photo)

Repsol could cut hundreds of Alaksa jobs amid restructuring

Repsol sold stakes in development and exploratory acreage in northern Alaska to its partner, Armstrong Oil & Gas Inc., for more than $800 million, according to a statement from Armstrong.
This  April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific.  (Daniella Beccaria/ via AP, File)

Shell’s aggressive bidding after reserves scandal plotted path to Arctic disappointment

Shell’s aggressive bidding for drilling rights in the Chukchi Sea in 2008 put the company on a trajectory that ended with its $7 billion bust in the Arctic Ocean.
Northstar Island, an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, is a site of oil and gas drilling. (U.S. Department of the Interior)

Feds to review Hilcorp’s plan for manmade island in Arctic

Although other gravel islands have been built in the Beaufort Sea, Hilcorp’s proposed Liberty project would be the first oil production facility located entirely in federal waters off the Alaska coast.
President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, before departing to Alaska. Obama is traveling on a three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama on defense as he heads to Alaska

Environmentalists say there is a clash between Shell’s exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea and Obama’s visit to survey shrinking glaciers and speak with coastal residents worried about rising seas.
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria,

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.