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Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Drilling in the Arctic could be more difficult, and costly, than Shell is letting on, environmentalists tell SEC

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A petition filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission represents a novel bid by Arctic drilling foes to highlight the risks of the activity — going beyond potential environmental perils to the financial factors that might be more persuasive to shareholders.
Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson speaks to 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Rex Tillerson at CERAWeek: Oil industry will survive, but government should step aside

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Government regulators need to get out of the way and give oil companies the freedom to innovate to enable “safer, more secure and more efficient production”, Rex Tillerson said at CERA Week.
Protesters in kayaks paddle out to meet the Arctic offshore oil rig Polar Pioneer piggybacked atop the cargo deck vessel Blue Marlin as it arrives at Port Angeles, Wash., on  April 17.  (Keith Thorpe/The Peninsula Daily News via AP)

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

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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.
Greenpeace activists approach the Blue Marlin before climbing aboard the heavy-lift vessel and camping out on the Polar Pioneer drilling rig. Shell has contracted the Polar Pioneer for a new round of Arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea later this year. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

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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 […]
The Polar Pioneer, a drilling rig contracted by Shell for Chukchi Sea exploration in 2015, is transported across the Pacific on the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin. (Photo: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace)

Feds launch review of Shell’s Arctic drilling plan

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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.
Greenpeace activists scale the Polar Pioneer, a Transocean drilling rig contracted by Shell Oil Co. for Arctic exploration in summer 2015.  The activists climbed aboard the rig as a heavy-lift vessel, the Blue Marlin, is carrying it across the Pacific Ocean, en route to the United States.  (Photo: Greenpeace)

Shell files lawsuit against Arctic drilling protesters

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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.
Greenpeace activist Andreas Widlund, 27, from Sweden, climbs onto the Transocean Polar Pioneer on Monday, April 6, 2015, as the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin heaves it across the Pacific Ocean. Widlund is one of six activists who scaled the drilling rig contracted by Shell Oil Co., in a bid to draw attention to the company's plans to sink new exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska. (Photo: (c) Greenpeace)

Arctic activists scale Shell-contracted rig

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The six activists climbed aboard the Polar Pioneer as it is being heaved across the Pacific Ocean, on its way to the United States.
The Polar Pioneer, a drilling rig contracted by Shell for Chukchi Sea exploration in 2015, is transported across the Pacific on the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin. (Photo: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace)

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

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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.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

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

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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.
Visitors board the barge Arctic Challenger in Samish Bay. The Challenger has been retrofit to serve as the launchpad for an emergency containment system that Shell could use to counter a runaway subsea well in the Arctic. (Photo courtesy Greenpeace Investigations)

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

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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.