Tag: Arctic

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

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.  More »

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

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 […]  More »

Shell files lawsuit against Arctic drilling protesters

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.  More »

Arctic activists scale Shell-contracted rig

The six activists climbed aboard the Polar Pioneer as it is being heaved across the Pacific Ocean, on its way to the United States.  More »

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

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.  More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Exxon now has more exploration holdings in Russia than in the U.S., despite sanctions

While U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia forced Exxon to shut down an Arctic drilling project in October, the producer is staking claims to areas that could yield tens of billions of barrels in coming decades.  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 »

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 »
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