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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)

Shell cancels contract for Transocean rig

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The Polar Pioneer cancellation marks the second for Transocean this month.
Northstar Island, an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, is a site of oil and gas drilling. (U.S. Department of the Interior)

Company plans gravel island to extract Arctic offshore oil

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Hilcorp’s plan for a 23-acre gravel island, about the size of 17.4 football fields, has drawn mixed reviews from conservationists and outright condemnation from environmentalists who believe the oil should stay in the ground.
A rig worker looks out across the North Sea aboard the Troll A natural gas platform, operated by Statoil ASA, in the North Sea, Norway, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Norway is on track for record gas production this year after Statoil ASA put an end to technical issues that limited Troll's capacity. Photographer: Krister Soerboe/Bloomberg

Statoil to exit Arctic leases north of Alaska

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Statoil’s announcement comes two months after Royal Dutch Shell announced it would abandon its $7 billion Arctic drilling efforts in a neighboring part of the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, after drilling a dry hole.
This June 15, 2015 file photo shows kayakers trying to block the departure of the Shell Oil Polar Pioneer rig platform as it moved from Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington.  (Tim Exton/AFP/Getty Images)

Even as it walks away from Arctic drilling, Shell keeps door open for future work

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The company says it’s walking away from oil exploration in U.S. Arctic waters for the “foreseeable future,” but it’s keeping its options open.
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Study on Arctic port for drilling support ships put on hold

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Shell’s decision last month to halt offshore drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas raised questions about the need for the port project aimed primarily at reducing travel costs for oil and gas support vessels.
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Obama administration closes off two avenues for new Arctic drilling

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The Interior Department announced it was canceling government auctions of drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, previously scheduled for 2016 and 2017 respectively. At the same time, it formally rejected bids by Statoil and Shell for more time to search for crude under their existing Arctic leases.
This  April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific.  (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File)

Shell’s aggressive bidding after reserves scandal plotted path to Arctic disappointment

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Shell’s aggressive bidding for drilling rights in the Chukchi Sea in 2008 put the company on a trajectory that ended with its $7 billion bust in the Arctic Ocean.
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Shell’s Arctic miss is just the oil industry’s latest dry hole

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Shell is far from alone in making a big bet on an offshore play only to end up with disappointing results. From the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of Angola, offshore exploration has yielded plenty of dry holes.
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Shell abandons Arctic oil quest after $7 billion bid yields ‘disappointing’ results

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After failing to find commercially viable quantities of oil and gas at its Chukchi Sea well, Shell said it will halt exploring U.S. Arctic waters and could take a $4.1 billion write down.
President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, before departing to Alaska. Obama is traveling on a three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama on defense as he heads to Alaska

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Environmentalists say there is a clash between Shell’s exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea and Obama’s visit to survey shrinking glaciers and speak with coastal residents worried about rising seas.