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Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Drilling in the Arctic could be more difficult, and costly, than Shell is letting on, environmentalists tell SEC

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A petition filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission represents a novel bid by Arctic drilling foes to highlight the risks of the activity — going beyond potential environmental perils to the financial factors that might be more persuasive to shareholders.
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.
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.
(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.
Opponents of offshore drilling rally in Washington, D.C., outside a public meeting on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's draft proposed program for selling outer continental shelf oil and gas leases from 2017 to 2022. (Photo: Adam Russell, Friends of the Earth)

Industry presses feds to keep Atlantic drilling on the table

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Oil industry advocates are imploring regulators to keep 14 proposed offshore lease sales on the books.
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Offshore drilling plan targets Atlantic and Arctic waters

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The Obama administration’s proposal for 10 auctions of drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, three targeting Arctic waters and one of Atlantic acreage is alienating both environmentalists and the oil industry.
Oil facilities pop up from the shallow continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. More than five decades after the shallow waters of the Gulf were first explored, it is still being tapped. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Obama administration opens door to Atlantic drilling

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The Obama administration is poised to unveil a draft plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases that is expected to rule out auctioning drilling rights in parts of the Atlantic Ocean as well as in some Arctic waters and along the West Coast between 2017 and 2022.
(AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Feds up Arctic oil estimates to satisfy court

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The Obama administration is quadrupling its estimate of how much crude could be harvested from Arctic drilling leases it sold oil companies six years ago. Regulators also think there is a 75 percent chance of at least one large spill occurring in the area.
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Feds reveal details on Shell’s Arctic ambitions

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More details came to light Tuesday on Shell’s plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, as federal regulators released a copy of the company’s broad Arctic drilling blueprint.