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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.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Oil industry to Obama: Stop excluding Atlantic drilling leases

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Oil industry leaders on Monday pressed the Obama administration to reverse course and schedule two auctions of drilling rights in the Atlantic, not just the single sale now penciled in for 2021.
(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.
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds weighing Shell bid for more time in Arctic

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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.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds propose Arctic drilling mandates

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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.
(AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, S.A. Sonsthagen)

Oil drilling banned in Arctic area that attracts walrus

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“This administration has effectively declared war on Alaska,” U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Offshore drilling plan targets Atlantic and Arctic waters

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The Obama administration’s proposal for 10 auctions of drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, three targeting Arctic waters and one of Atlantic acreage is alienating both environmentalists and the oil industry.
Oil facilities pop up from the shallow continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. More than five decades after the shallow waters of the Gulf were first explored, it is still being tapped. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Obama administration opens door to Atlantic drilling

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The Obama administration is poised to unveil a draft plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases that is expected to rule out auctioning drilling rights in parts of the Atlantic Ocean as well as in some Arctic waters and along the West Coast between 2017 and 2022.
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Oil companies want more time for Arctic drilling

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Three oil companies with billions invested in Arctic drilling leases are pleading with the Obama administration for extra time to hunt for crude under waters north of Alaska, but so far, federal regulators have been skeptical.
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Shell seeks five more years for Arctic oil-drilling drive

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Shell, which has spent eight years and $6 billion to explore the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, said in letter to the Interior Department that “prudent” exploration before leases expire is now “severely challenged.”