Tag: Arctic

Statoil strikes out in well at center of Greenpeace standoff

Statoil ASA failed to find oil in the northernmost site ever drilled off Norway’s Arctic tip.  More »

BP launches first FAA-approved commercial drones over Alaska land

BP has launched a landmark drone program in Alaska after winning the first federal approval to fly unmanned aerial vehicles over land for commercial purposes.  More »

Greenpeace boards rig heading for Norway’s northernmost drilling site

Activists from environmental group Greenpeace boarded a Statoil rig en route to drill Norway’s northernmost exploration well in the Barents Sea, saying it’s too close to the polar ice cap and a key nature reserve.  More »

Drones give energy companies high hopes for safer work (video)

Energy companies are testing drones to inspect hard-to-reach spaces like refinery flare stacks, offshore platforms and even wind turbine blades in an effort to save time and boost worker safety.  More »

Oil industry risks $1.1 trillion of investor cash

Oil explorers like Exxon Mobil Corp. and OAO Rosneft risk wasting $1.1 trillion of investors’ cash through 2025 on expensive, uneconomic projects from the Arctic and deep seas to tar sands, according to a study.  More »

Police break Greenpeace blockade on Russian tanker

Dutch police stormed a Greenpeace ship Thursday and ended environmentalists’ attempts to block a Russian tanker carrying oil from the Arctic Ocean from mooring at Rotterdam Port.  More »

Exxon’s $900B Arctic prize at risk after Ukraine

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s dream of drilling in the Russian Arctic may risk running aground on the politics of Ukraine.  More »

Greenpeace ship to confront Russian Arctic oil tanker

Greenpeace International is sending out a ship to protest a tanker bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic Circle to Rotterdam.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

Polar politics threaten Norway’s deepest drive in Arctic

The Norwegian government, seeking to sustain oil revenues that have fueled the country’s prosperity, has floated plans to let drillers push closer than ever to the ice cap — only to run into the strongest opposition yet.  More »

Shell to slash US investment on shale disappointments

Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden says the company will cut capital spending in the U.S. by 20 percent in 2014 after setbacks in its shale gas operations and in Alaska.  More »

Poll: Where will the world’s next energy boom be?

With analysts debating the decline of the U.S. energy boom — at least one economist believes the end of shale fever is imminent — other regions worldwide are poised to step to the forefront.  More »
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