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Oil industry takes aim at proposed Arctic drilling mandates

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The proposed requirements would unnecessarily shorten an already brief window for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas while dramatically boosting the costs of those operations, dissuading companies from drilling in the region, industry representatives said in formal comments filed with the government.
U.S. Coast Guard image showing the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island on Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Feds rap Shell for poor planning in botched tow of 2012 Arctic drilling rig

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The NTSB report comes at a pivotal time for Shell, which has asked federal regulators for permission to resume exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea as soon as July.
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Analyst: More cuts to come as reality sets in for oil companies surprised by downturn

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Recovery from the oil slump will a slow, painful slog as companies caught unaware by the downturn will be forced to make deeper, more structural changes to survive, a new analysis finds.
In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo provided by Reese Semanko, a woman identified as Chiara Rose has suspended herself in a climbing harness from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash.(Reese Semanko via AP)

Updated: 2 people chained to Shell ship north of Seattle

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Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state.
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.
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)

Kayakers protest as Arctic drill rig moors off Seattle

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The watery protest marked a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change, but the scene also suggested how outmatched Shell’s opponents have been as they try to keep the petroleum giant from continuing its $6 billion effort to open new oil and gas reserves in one of the world’s most dangerous maritime environments.
With the Olympic Mountains in the background, the Polar Pioneer drilling unit  arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a heavy-lift transport ship. Shell hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Judge orders Greenpeace to stay away from drill ships

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U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on Friday also prohibited Greenpeace from flying unmanned vehicles over the offshore Arctic area where Shell plans to drill.
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.
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.