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Shell’s plans raise questions

By BILL WHITE
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Published: October 6th, 2010 09:46 PM

Cleaning up oil spills in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast is fraught with risks and unknowns, the staff of a national commission on offshore drilling said in a new report.

The challenges include:

• Extreme weather.

• Finding oil trapped under an ice sheet.

• Containing and cleaning spilled oil in broken ice.

• Corralling oil within fire-proof boom before burning it.

• Rapidly responding to a spill in a remote area that lacks nearby ports, airports and Coast Guard presence. read more

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Shell proposes to move forward in Beaufort Sea

latimes.com

October 6, 2010 |  8:56 pm

With the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico successfully contained, Shell Alaska announced that it has filed an application to proceed with exploratory offshore drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska.

The Obama administration suspendedall offshore operations in the remote, fragile Arctic seas this year in the wake of the BP spill, but Shell officials said they have prepared a more robust oil blowout containment plan and are ready to proceed next summer with a single well 17 miles off the North Slope. read more

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Spill panel asks whether Shell Oil’s Arctic response plans are ‘realistic’

The Hill Newspaper By Ben Geman – 10/06/10 02:29 PM ET

The presidential commission probing the BP oil spill is questioning whether Shell Oil’s response plan for a potential spill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast is “realistic.”

The finding could provide ammunition to environmental groups that oppose Shell’s plans to conduct exploratory drilling, which the Interior Department has put on hold.

The adequacy of Shell’s contingency plan — called the C-Plan — for the Chukchi Sea surfaced in a staff paper released Wednesday by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. read more

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Shell seeks to drill off Alaska

Chron.com

Beaufort Sea plan includes improved oil spill response system

By TOM FOWLER Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle

Oct. 6, 2010, 10:08PM

Royal Dutch Shell has applied for a permit to drill in the shallow waters of Alaska’s Beaufort Sea next year and unveiled plans for an improved oil spill response system for the Arctic.

The well, in the Sivulliq prospect about 15 miles off Alaska’s North Slope, will be drilled in about 120 feet of water. The Noble Discoverer rig is lined up for the job, but a second rig has been stationed in Dutch Harbor to be on hand to drill a relief well in the event of a blowout or other accident. read more

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Shell scales back drilling for Alaska offshore

REUTERS

Wed Oct 6, 2010 6:28pm EDT

* Shell seeks permit to drill single well in Beaufort Sea

* Not seeking permits to drill in more remote Chukchi Sea

By Yereth Rosen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has scaled back its plans to drill offshore the Alaska coast in 2011 and now plans only a single well for the Beaufort Sea.

Shell, which has spent $3.5 billion in preparation for the drilling, is not seeking federal permits to drill in the more remote Chukchi Sea, where it had originally planned three wells.

Unresolved litigation about the validity of Chukchi Sea leases makes it impractical to plan for drilling next year in that lightly explored region, which lies off northwestern Alaska, said Pete Slaiby, the company’s vice president for Alaska. read more

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U.S. Dept. of Defense Confirms NCIS Espionage Investigation of Shell

Following my email correspondence with a U.S. intelligence source, and clearance obtained by that source from U.S. Dept. of Defense government attorneys, that source was authorized to confirm that an investigation directed at Shell USA was indeed initiated by the US Department of the Navy, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

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Alleged Shell industrial espionage in the USA: HISTORICAL NARRATIVE

The following brief historical account has been assembled from records made available to Federal law enforcement and other agencies over a period of almost 15 years. It catalogs a series of events associated with Shell Oil USA’s (alleged) attempt to gain control of a former employee’s intellectual property. A number of other individuals, including attorneys, also (allegedly) assisted Shell USA in this endeavor.

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Alleged Shell industrial espionage in USA: Oct 2010 email correspondence with Shell

Unclassified US Federal records show those patent applications were classified by US military authorities. Hence the involvement of U.S. investigative authorities when the former Shell USA employee became aware, as a result of a tip-off from a former Shell USA colleague, and later confirmed by Mr. Matt Waldrop, of the law firm Vethan & Waldrop, a contract intellectual property law firm employed by Shell USA, of a Shell USA industrial espionage operation targeting his (classified) intellectual property. Shell USA was supposedly one of Vethan & Waldrop’s major industrial clients and the stated role of that law firm, and Mr. Waldrop, was to advise Shell USA and to assist Shell USA legal counsel in preparing civil litigation against this former employee.

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