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Greenpeace activists held a banner that said 'The People vs. Shell' as they scaled the Polar Pioneer drill rig in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Environmentalists nab one big win in Arctic drilling plans

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Environmentalists howled over the Obama administration’s decision to approve Shell’s broad Arctic drilling plan, but they scored one big victory.
Greenpeace activists held a banner that said 'The People vs. Shell' as they scaled the Polar Pioneer drill rig in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Greenpeace)

More Arctic drilling protests planned in Seattle

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Hundreds of protesters in kayaks and other vessels turned out on Saturday for a protest dubbed the “Paddle in Seattle,” and on Monday, organizer say they expect hundreds to flood the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 and Harbor Island.
With the Olympic Mountains in the background, the Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a heavy-lift transport ship in April. Shell Oil Co. hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling during the summer open-water season in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, if it can get the permits. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File)

Obama administration gives thumbs up to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

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Shell moved one step closer to resuming its $6 billion quest for crude in the Arctic on Monday, with the Obama administration’s approval of its broad plan for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.
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.