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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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Shell is moving its drilling rigs to the Pacific Northwest, ahead of critical government decisions on the company’s Arctic exploration plans.
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.
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.