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Shell employees run through oil spill response drills during training in 2012. Many of the company's oil spill response workers are Alaska natives. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell signs deal with Alaska native group

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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.
Michael Macrander, Shell's chief scientist in Alaska, speaks at the Arctic Technology Conference in Houston Monday.

Shell recommends science for Arctic headaches

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Scientific research has been central to Shell’s now-stalled move into Alaskan Arctic waters, and regulators probably will expect more if Shell resumes its work there, a company scientist told a Houston audience Monday.
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell outlines 2014 drilling plans

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Shell is working to convince the Obama administration that it has learned from its recent mishaps and is ready to launch a new round of Arctic drilling next year.
Shell's Kulluk drilling rig, shown under tow in January 2013 after running aground in Alaska, must go to Asia for repairs.

Inspectors set to look at rescued Shell drilling rig

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A massive campaign to free a grounded Arctic drilling rig that employed more than a dozen ships and some 730 people cleared a big hurdle Monday, as salvagers pulled the vessel to safe harbor in Alaska.
A salvage expert prepares to board a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter for a day assessing the Kulluk conical drilling unit near Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

Officials close to towing grounded drilling rig

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Salvagers are preparing to try pulling Shell’s grounded Arctic drilling rig from a rocky Alaskan island’s coast as soon as critical equipment arrives on the scene and weather permits _ possibly before the weekend’s end.
Waves crash over the drilling unit Kulluk where it sat aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Jan. 1, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class/Jonathan Klingenberg.)

Kulluk drilling rig accident stokes fresh fears on Arctic drilling

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The grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig amid a fierce storm in the Gulf of Alaska raised the specter of a fuel spill in the region and provided fresh fodder to drilling foes who insist Arctic oil exploration is too risky to allow. The episode also cast doubt on whether Shell Oil Co. will be able to resume its hunt for Arctic oil this year.
Waves crash over the drilling unit Kulluk where it sat aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Jan. 1, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class/Jonathan Klingenberg.)

Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig runs aground near Alaskan island

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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.
The Nanuq is shown in Valdez, Alaska earlier this year. (Photo: Shell)

Coast Guard evacuates 18 from drilling rig

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The Coast Guard and Shell are still working to rescue an offshore drilling rig and a tugboat stranded in high seas about 50 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska.
Shell used the drillship Noble Discoverer for its 2012 drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Noble fixing problems on Discoverer after Arctic drilling season

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Noble Corp. said Thursday it was working to repair problems with the safety, pollution-control and propulsion systems on its drillship Discoverer, fresh off a tour hunting for Arctic oil for Shell.
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Arctic frontier opens as Shell begins drilling in Chukchi Sea

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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.