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Lawmakers seek scrutiny of Greenpeace protest vessels, not just Shell

Alaska Dispatch | Jul 15, 2012

As Shell’s drilling vessels make their way to the Arctic, Greenpeace is following close behind. Now some lawmakers are scrutinizing the fact that the activist group’s northward journey escaped analysis while Shell faces unprecedented attention from government agencies.

Greenpeace announced it would be following alongside Shell’s vessels in order to protest and monitor the oil company’s Arctic exploration; the group also plans to deploy submarines upon reaching Arctic waters. Jackie Dragon, Greenpeace’s lead Arctic campaigner, told Fuel Fix that Greenpeace is “headed to the Arctic to show how little is known about this pristine ecosystem before Shell’s rigs move in to destroy it.” read more

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Shell drill ship slips moorings, drifts toward Alaska shore

By Yereth Rosen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:22am IST

(Reuters) – One of the drill ships that Royal Dutch Shell plans to use in a controversial Arctic drilling program slipped off its moorings and drifted to the edge of shore in Alaska’s Aleutian islands, a U.S. Coast Guard representative said on Sunday.

The 500-foot (152-meter) Noble Discoverer, contracted by Shell to drill exploration wells in the remote Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, drifted in windy conditions on Saturday afternoon to within 100 yards of shore in an Aleutian bay, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Francis said. read more

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INAUSPICIOUS START TO SHELL ARCTIC DEBUT

Shell Drilling vessel The Nobel Discoverer

Posting by “Outsider”

The incident reported today in which the Discoverer suffered some form of mooring system failure is by far the most serious incident relating to the Arctic drilling programme that you have published.

During drilling operations in water depths such as those expected by Shell, the vessel must remain in position within a watch circle of about 10m (7% of the water depth). If the vessel leaves the watch circle, the drillstring must be cut and the drilling riser disconnected at the seabed. read more

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Shell Vessel Re-Anchors After Moving Toward Shore

INAUSPICIOUS START TO SHELL ARCTIC DEBUT (COMMENT BY JOHN DONOVAN)

KODIAK, Alaska July 15, 2012 (AP)

A Shell Oil drilling vessel slipped it anchorage Saturday and began moving toward shore in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands before it was re-anchored, the Coast Guard said.

The Nobel Discoverer got within 500 feet of an island near Dutch Harbor in Unalaska Bay, raising concerns of grounding.

But crews were apparently able to move the 571-foot vessel farther off shore and re-anchor it before that occurred, Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Sara Francis said.

“They (crew members) did not feel any bumps, or that it touched anything,” she said. “There were no reports of any injuries, pollution or damage to the vessel.” read more

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