Tag: Pete Slaiby

Shell seeks five more years for Arctic oil-drilling drive

Shell, which has spent eight years and $6 billion to explore the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, said in letter to the Interior Department that “prudent” exploration before leases expire is now “severely challenged.”  More »

Shell signs deal with Alaska native group

Shell moved Thursday to deepen its relationship with Alaska natives who live near the company’s Arctic oil wells, signing a deal that gives them royalties from some of the projects an option to buy into them later.  More »

Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig runs aground near Alaskan island

Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig ran aground Monday night near Alaska’s Kodiak Island after a five-day fight to tow the vessel through a fierce storm and 70-mph winds.  More »

Shell navigates obstacles in Arctic drilling

On an all-but-invisible horizon, light gray mist meets dark gray water. Tiny, dry snowflakes and ice crystals swirl across the deck of the drillship Noble Discoverer, driven by a wind that whips through the warmest coveralls.  More »

Shell concludes inaugural Arctic drilling season

Shell on Wednesday was wrapping up its first-in-a-decade season drilling in U.S. Arctic waters, having punched two holes underneath the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea in search of oil.  More »

Shell opening new Arctic frontier

On top of the world, nearly 400 miles above the Arctic Circle and 70 miles from the nearest land, optimism is as boundless as the Chukchi Sea stretching on the horizon. Despite repeated setbacks, many on the 124-person team boring an exploratory well for Shell are convinced the company will strike oil here, opening a new frontier in U.S. oil development and making a discovery that could rival the bounty in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Arctic frontier opens as Shell begins drilling in Chukchi Sea

Shell began boring its first well in the Chukchi Sea in more than two decades on Sunday, kicking off what company executives anticipate will be years of work tapping prospects throughout U.S. Arctic waters.  More »

Discoverer drillship sets sail for Shell’s Arctic leases

The Noble Discoverer began a one-week trek to the Chukchi Sea on Saturday afternoon, moving Shell one step closer to drilling for oil in Arctic waters this summer. The company is now talking with federal regulators about a plan that would allow Shell to launch some initial work at its Arctic well sites, even without a key oil spill response vessel nearby.  More »

Shell takes key step on scaled-back Alaska drilling

Shell on Tuesday began preparations to install anchors at the site of one of its planned wells in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska — a major step toward launching a new era of Arctic oil exploration, even as the company has been forced to scale back its drilling plans.  More »

Concessions to natives & regulators paved way for Shell’s Arctic drilling

For four years, the public face of Shell’s Alaska venture has been working to convince federal regulators and native Alaskans that the company’s plans to search for crude underneath arctic waters can be done safely, without harming whales, walruses and the subsistence hunters that depend on them for food.  More »

Q&A: Author talks challenges, compromises for Shell in Arctic

In “The Eskimo and the Oil Man,” author Bob Reiss tells the story of planned oil exploration in Arctic waters through the eyes of an Inupiat leader from the North Slope and Shell Alaska’s vice president. Reiss fields our questions about the book and what he learned during his research.  More »

Officials check out drilling rigs slated for Arctic

Alaskan officials on Sunday toured two drilling rigs docked in a Seattle shipyard, as Shell showed off improvements it has made to the vessels that are poised to begin boring exploratory wells in Arctic seas near Alaska within months.  More »

Shell VP makes case for Alaska drilling

Shell’s top executive in Alaska is set to tell a Senate panel this morning that drilling in the Arctic would be good for the economy and national security.  More »

Feds aim to put agencies on same page when it comes to Alaska drilling

Roughly a dozen government agencies and cabinet-level departments have a say in oil and gas drilling in Alaska and nearby Arctic waters — a bureaucratic jumble that critics say has stalled development in the region. Today, the Obama administration launched a new inter-agency working group that seeks to put all the agencies on the same page.  More »