Tag: Beaufort Sea

Coast Guard blames 2012 Arctic rig grounding on bad decisions

Coast Guard investigators on Thursday rapped Shell Oil Co. and its contractors for failing to heed the dangers of towing a drilling rig across stormy Alaska waters in late 2012 — a voyage that ended when it ran aground on New Year’s Eve.  More »

Shell recommends science for Arctic headaches

Scientific research has been central to Shell’s now-stalled move into Alaskan Arctic waters, and regulators probably will expect more if Shell resumes its work there, a company scientist told a Houston audience Monday.  More »

Shell puts 2014 Arctic drilling plans on ice after legal challenge

Shell officials on Thursday said the oil company will not resume drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska this summer, following a federal appeals court decision throwing its offshore leases there into jeopardy.  More »

Shell outlines 2014 drilling plans

Shell is working to convince the Obama administration that it has learned from its recent mishaps and is ready to launch a new round of Arctic drilling next year.  More »

Lawmakers ask feds to freeze Arctic drilling

Nearly 60 House Democrats are pleading with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to halt all Arctic energy development until the federal government writes new rules for the activity. Separately, conservationists recommended the Obama administration exclude four areas from a possible 2016 sale of Arctic drilling leases.  More »

Shell launches formal bid to resume Arctic drilling

Shell Oil Co. on Wednesday filed a broad drilling blueprint with federal regulators in Alaska, officially launching its formal bid to resume drilling in Arctic waters north of the state next summer.  More »

Shell announces return to Arctic in 2014 despite mishaps

Shell officials on Thursday said the oil company plans to make another, dramatically scaled-back bid to find crude in Arctic waters, following a headline-grabbing 2012 season that left the firm with a devastated drilling rig, air pollution fines and embarrassing equipment failures. But there are major hurdles for Shell to restart its Arctic drilling operations in 2014.  More »

Shell responds to $1.1 million Arctic pollution deal

Shell’s troubled quest for Arctic oil in 2012 — now capped with a $1.1 million fine for environmental violations — will make the company better prepared to return to the region, a spokesman said Friday.  More »

Shell to pay $1.1 million in fines to settle with EPA over Arctic drilling

In a settlement with the federal government announced late Thursday, Shell Oil Co. will pay $1.1 million in fines to settle claims that it violated air pollution permits while drilling in U.S. Arctic waters last year.  More »

Drilling protesters arrested after scaling London’s tallest tower (photos)

Environmentalists opposed to Arctic oil exploration scaled the tallest building in western Europe Thursday in a day-long climb that drew worldwide attention.  More »

Coast Guard to take testimony on Shell’s Arctic grounding

The Coast Guard will kick off hearings Monday on how a Shell rig used for Arctic Ocean exploratory drilling ended up aground off a remote Alaska island.  More »

Feds: Emergency containment equipment a must for Arctic

Oil companies seeking to drill in Arctic waters must have emergency equipment capable of reining in runaway subsea wells, a top Obama administration official said, answering a question facing ConocoPhillips and other firms with drilling rights in the region.  More »
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