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Greenpeace activists approach the Blue Marlin before climbing aboard the heavy-lift vessel and camping out on the Polar Pioneer drilling rig. Shell has contracted the Polar Pioneer for a new round of Arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea later this year. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Shell wins restraining order against Greenpeace

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WASHINGTON — Hours after stormy weather forced Greenpeace activists to climb off an Arctic drilling rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Shell won a temporary restraining order blocking the group from similar protests. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason, bars Greenpeace and its activists from boarding, barricading or interfering with the […]
Greenpeace activists held a banner that said 'The People vs. Shell' as they scaled the Polar Pioneer drill rig in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Greenpeace protesters leave Arctic rig

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Rough seas prompted the decision, Greenpeace said in an email. The protesters rappelled off the rig and got into inflatable boats before returning to a Greenpeace ship stationed nearby.
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The Polar Pioneer, a drilling rig contracted by Shell for Chukchi Sea exploration in 2015, is transported across the Pacific on the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin. (Photo: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace)

Feds launch review of Shell’s Arctic drilling plan

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Federal regulators have begun a 30-day review of a broad plan that forms a framework for Shell to resume Arctic drilling this summer. The company also must obtain permits for each proposed well.
Greenpeace activists scale the Polar Pioneer, a Transocean drilling rig contracted by Shell Oil Co. for Arctic exploration in summer 2015.  The activists climbed aboard the rig as a heavy-lift vessel, the Blue Marlin, is carrying it across the Pacific Ocean, en route to the United States.  (Photo: Greenpeace)

Shell files lawsuit against Arctic drilling protesters

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The complaint, lodged in a federal district court in Alaska, comes one day after the activists climbed aboard Shell’s contracted Polar Pioneer drillship while it is traveling across the Pacific Ocean toward the United States.
Greenpeace activist Andreas Widlund, 27, from Sweden, climbs onto the Transocean Polar Pioneer on Monday, April 6, 2015, as the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin heaves it across the Pacific Ocean. Widlund is one of six activists who scaled the drilling rig contracted by Shell Oil Co., in a bid to draw attention to the company's plans to sink new exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska. (Photo: (c) Greenpeace)

Arctic activists scale Shell-contracted rig

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The six activists climbed aboard the Polar Pioneer as it is being heaved across the Pacific Ocean, on its way to the United States.
The Polar Pioneer, a drilling rig contracted by Shell for Chukchi Sea exploration in 2015, is transported across the Pacific on the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin. (Photo: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace)

Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on track as Obama administration OKs lease sale

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says there’s more than four times as much oil in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea as it previously estimated.
Visitors board the barge Arctic Challenger in Samish Bay. The Challenger has been retrofit to serve as the launchpad for an emergency containment system that Shell could use to counter a runaway subsea well in the Arctic. (Photo courtesy Greenpeace Investigations)

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

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Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing for Obama administration officials as it plans a new round of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska later this year.
The Polar Pioneer, a drilling rig contracted by Shell for Chukchi Sea exploration in 2015, is transported across the Pacific on the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin. (Photo: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace)

As Obama administration weighs Arctic drilling, Shell moves rigs to region

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Shell is moving its drilling rigs to the Pacific Northwest, ahead of critical government decisions on the company’s Arctic exploration plans.
(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.
Waves from the Chukchi Sea lap the coast of Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the United States. (Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds release new Arctic drilling analysis

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The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management responds to a federal court ruling against the environmental analysis underpinning that seven-year-old sale, and leaves open the possibility that Shell Oil Co. will resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.