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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.
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria, seattlepi.com)

Records detail equipment failure on Arctic drilling rig

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The records, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also describe a botched fire drill by the crew of another Shell-contracted drilling rig months before it began boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Facing fierce winds and high seas, Shell halts Arctic drilling

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Shell temporarily halted exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean as the weather worsened on Thursday.
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)

Native Alaskans tout Arctic energy development before president’s visit

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An advertisement airing on Alaska television asks President Barack Obama to keep supporting Arctic energy development.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets fairgoers during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Clinton: Arctic drilling not worth the ‘risk’

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One day after the Obama administration authorized Shell to drill deeper below the Arctic Ocean, Hillary Clinton signaled she would make a different decision.
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Obama administration gives OK to Shell to drill deeper in Arctic

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Shell has already been drilling the well for more than two weeks. But BSEE had ordered the company to halt after completing the top 3,000 feet, because critical emergency equipment were not nearby to safeguard the work.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Shell asks feds for go-ahead to drill deeper in Arctic

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For now, Shell is restricted to drilling the top 3,000 feet of its Burger J well in the Chukchi Sea.
(Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Shell forges ahead in Arctic with exploratory well

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Shell Oil Co.’s first test is excavating a 20-foot wide, 40-foot deep cavern in the seabed that can shelter an emergency device known as a blowout preventer from passing icebergs.
A drilling rig under contract to Shell arrives in Port Angeles, Washington en route to Alaska's Chukchi Sea, where Shell hopes to drill this summer. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Senate bill would give oil companies a decade more to drill in Arctic

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Oil companies could get 10 more years to drill on their Arctic leases, under a provision in a broader offshore drilling bill advancing in the Senate.
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Obama administration OKs Arctic drilling, but imposes big constraints on Shell

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Shell could begin work within days, but the government-imposed restrictions could keep its drill bits from reaching potential oil-bearing rock thousands of feet below the surface of the Chukchi Sea.