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In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo provided by Reese Semanko, a woman identified as Chiara Rose has suspended herself in a climbing harness from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash.(Reese Semanko via AP)

Updated: 2 people chained to Shell ship north of Seattle

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Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state.
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)

Environmentalists nab one big win in Arctic drilling plans

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Environmentalists howled over the Obama administration’s decision to approve Shell’s broad Arctic drilling plan, but they scored one big victory.
(Paul O'Driscoll/Bloomberg News)

Shell agrees to sell its French LPG business

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Shell, which is increasingly focusing on oil and liquefied natural gas with its planned acquisition of BG Group, said it is in exclusive talks to sell its subsidiary, France-based Butagaz LPG, to Ireland-based DCC Group, which largely focuses on LPG distribution throughout Europe.
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)

More Arctic drilling protests planned in Seattle

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Hundreds of protesters in kayaks and other vessels turned out on Saturday for a protest dubbed the “Paddle in Seattle,” and on Monday, organizer say they expect hundreds to flood the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 and Harbor Island.
BHP Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia. (Ian Waldie/Bloomberg)

BHP lowers priority of Australian LNG project with Exxon

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A plunge in oil has forced companies from Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Chevron Corp. to cut or delay spending on projects that supply super-cooled gas linked to the price of crude.
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)

Kayakers protest as Arctic drill rig moors off Seattle

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The watery protest marked a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change, but the scene also suggested how outmatched Shell’s opponents have been as they try to keep the petroleum giant from continuing its $6 billion effort to open new oil and gas reserves in one of the world’s most dangerous maritime environments.
Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Questions linger for ConocoPhillips on Arctic drilling program following Shell’s OK

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ConocoPhillips paid about $506 million for 98 exploration leases about 100 miles off Alaska’s north coast in 2008. In April of 2013, the company suspended its plans to drill an exploratory well in the sea, citing uncertainty in regulations.
With the Olympic Mountains in the background, the Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a heavy-lift transport ship in April. Shell Oil Co. hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling during the summer open-water season in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, if it can get the permits. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File)

Obama administration gives thumbs up to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

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Shell moved one step closer to resuming its $6 billion quest for crude in the Arctic on Monday, with the Obama administration’s approval of its broad plan for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.
In this photo take Friday, April 17, 2015, a group of kayakers rafted together work to pull up a protest sign as they practice for an upcoming demonstration against Arctic oil drilling, in Elliott Bay in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Firm to appeal decision on Port of Seattle permit

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Foss Maritime plans to appeal Seattle’s position that Royal Dutch Shell can’t use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 under the existing permit.
With the Olympic Mountains in the background, the Polar Pioneer drilling unit  arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a heavy-lift transport ship. Shell hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Judge orders Greenpeace to stay away from drill ships

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U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on Friday also prohibited Greenpeace from flying unmanned vehicles over the offshore Arctic area where Shell plans to drill.