Tag: Arctic drilling

Coast Guard blames 2012 Arctic rig grounding on bad decisions

Coast Guard investigators on Thursday rapped Shell Oil Co. and its contractors for failing to heed the dangers of towing a drilling rig across stormy Alaska waters in late 2012 — a voyage that ended when it ran aground on New Year’s Eve.  More »

Court ruling insulates foes and fans of Arctic drilling

In the heated political battle over drilling in chilly Alaskan seas, a court ruling drilling proponents blame for thwarting the activity provides handy cover for stakeholders from Anchorage to Washington.  More »

Shell puts 2014 Arctic drilling plans on ice after legal challenge

Shell officials on Thursday said the oil company will not resume drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska this summer, following a federal appeals court decision throwing its offshore leases there into jeopardy.  More »

Alaska Democrat ‘optimistic’ on Arctic drilling this summer

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska says he’s optimistic that drilling can resume in Arctic waters this summer despite a federal court ruling against the government’s handling of offshore drilling leases in the region.  More »

Feds ask Shell for assurances on Arctic drilling

Federal regulators scrutinizing Shell’s bid to resume Arctic drilling next summer are pressing the company for more evidence it has fixed the kind of problems that plagued its last search for black gold in the region.  More »

Shell outlines 2014 drilling plans

Shell is working to convince the Obama administration that it has learned from its recent mishaps and is ready to launch a new round of Arctic drilling next year.  More »

Lawmakers ask feds to freeze Arctic drilling

Nearly 60 House Democrats are pleading with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to halt all Arctic energy development until the federal government writes new rules for the activity. Separately, conservationists recommended the Obama administration exclude four areas from a possible 2016 sale of Arctic drilling leases.  More »

Oil industry blasts administration’s Arctic drilling plan

Oil industry trade groups blasted the Obama administration’s plan to adopt a “targeted leasing” approach to selling drilling rights in Arctic waters near Alaska, saying it would dissuade companies from bidding on the acreage.  More »

Feds push back timeline for offshore drilling rules

A federal official conceded that new rules for Arctic drilling and offshore emergency equipment will not be ready until 2014 and blamed the 16-day government shutdown for some of the delay.  More »

Shell launches formal bid to resume Arctic drilling

Shell Oil Co. on Wednesday filed a broad drilling blueprint with federal regulators in Alaska, officially launching its formal bid to resume drilling in Arctic waters north of the state next summer.  More »

Shell announces return to Arctic in 2014 despite mishaps

Shell officials on Thursday said the oil company plans to make another, dramatically scaled-back bid to find crude in Arctic waters, following a headline-grabbing 2012 season that left the firm with a devastated drilling rig, air pollution fines and embarrassing equipment failures. But there are major hurdles for Shell to restart its Arctic drilling operations in 2014.  More »

Feds ask for industry input on 2016 Arctic auction

The Obama administration on Thursday kicked off the long process toward the first auction of oil drilling rights in Arctic waters since 2008.  More »
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