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John,

Have you seen this?  Exxon has some of the same problems Shell has regarding ‘risk’ transparency. Where was Shell ??

Russian Arctic Opens to Oil Companies – E, XOM, STO – Foolish …

And then there is this article:

Exxon (XOM) and Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) Are Winning The Arctic Oil …

this article has a nice video with it.

Shell Oil ship slips anchor; incident raises questions about Arctic …

The following article should be of interest to your readers in general and everyone in the oil and gas industry. A major milestone was reached in achieving laser energies necessary to initiate hydrogen fusion. read more

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Greenpeace activists shut down 74 UK Shell petrol stations

Greenpeace activists shut down Shell petrol station

Greenpeace activists shut down 74 Shell petrol stations in Edinburgh and London in a protest against the company’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic that saw 24 campaigners arrested on Monday.

The campaigners are attempting to shut off petrol to London’s 105 Shell stations and Edinburgh’s 14. Seventy-one have been closed in London and three in Edinburgh.

There have been 24 confirmed arrests, 18 in London and six in Edinburgh. The police in Edinburgh have reportedly parked cars outside all Shell stations across the capital. read more

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Spill Remedy Questioned by Coast Guard as Shell to Tap Arctic

By Katarzyna Klimasinska on July 16, 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard is awaiting permission from the Environmental Protection Agency before including chemical dispersants among the tools to respond to any oil spills once Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) begins drilling in Arctic waters.

Admiral Robert Papp, the Coast Guard commandant, said EPA approval is necessary before his agency can use the dispersants. He said he’s not convinced the technology will be as successful in limiting damage from any potential spill in Arctic waters, as it was in the warmer Gulf of Mexico after the BP Plc (BP/) disaster two years ago. read more

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Protestors Target Shell UK Gas Stations Over Arctic Drilling

07/16/2012 | 06:55am US/Eastern

By Alexis Flynn

Environmental activists Monday occupied Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) retail outlets across London and Edinburgh to protest the Anglo-Dutch oil giant’s planned drilling campaign in the Arctic waters offshore Alaska.

In a co-ordinated action, Greenpeace campaigners took over a series of gas stations throughout the English and Scottish capitals. Greenpeace said it planned to shut-down 112 stations by activating their safety switches, although both Shell and the Metropolitan Police were unable to immediately verify how many outlets had been affected. read more

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Drifting Shell Drilling Ship Prompts Environmentalist Criticism

By Kasia Klimasinska – Jul 15, 2012 10:42 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) faced criticism from environmental activists after a drilling ship the company plans to use for exploration in the U.S. Arctic drifted toward shore.

The Noble Discoverer drifted toward the coast near Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Shell said today in an e-mail. The vessel was re-positioned away from shore and there is no evidence of damage or grounding, Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis said today by telephone from Kodiak, Alaska. While the reason for the mishap hasn’t been determined, Dutch Harbor experienced high winds yesterday, she said. read more

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Shell abandons fight for Cove Energy

Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:03pm GMT

By Kate Holton and Sarah Young

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch/Shell on Monday abandoned the battle for control of gas explorer Cove Energy Plc, shocking investors and clearing the way for Thai rival PTT Exploration & Production to acquire it.

Investors had anticipated a higher offer from one or both bidders, prompting hedge funds to buy in to Cove stock, and an auction process had been due to start this week.

PTT is offering 240 pence per share or about $1.9 billion for Cove, which has made huge east African gas finds. Shell had bid 220 pence. read more

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Shell Ignoble Discoverer

This photograph of the hapless “rusty barge” Noble Discoverer, which has made an embarrassing debut in Arctic waters, is one of a number that are the subject of controversy on Facebook as to their authenticity. 

Some related comments from a Shell retiree about the apparent grounding in Dutch Harbor…

…looks genuine. To Photoshop all those pics would be quite some work. And Shell’s denial sounds a bit lame. I would put my money on it this has really happened! Old rusty barge.  Shell claims to have spent a few billion on this project. If that is so, why not get a decent rig.

It is laughable, you just have to sit back and wait until Shell shoots themselves in the foot. You cannot make these things up, nobody would believe you. But it still happens. And the denial is like the denial of the minister of publicity in Iraq when they were overrun and he was still on TV stating they had nearly driven the Americans out of the country…. read more

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Shell Oil ship slips anchor; incident raises questions about Arctic drilling plan

By Paul Vercammen and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN July 16, 2012 — Updated 0642 GMT (1442 HKT)

(CNN) — One of the ships that Shell Oil plans to use to drill in the Arctic slipped its mooring and drifted close to one of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the latest in a string of incidents to arise around the controversial project.

The Noble Discoverer was about 175 yards from shore in Unalaska Bay when it slipped its mooring Saturday and drifted towards shore near Dutch Harbor, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Francis said.

“There are no reports of injuries, pollution and damage to the Noble Discoverer,” she said Sunday night. read more

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Shell Says There’s No Evidence Drifting Rig Grounded: Some Witnesses Disagree

“Meanwhile, environmentalists say they’re deeply concerned over the incident. Eric Myers, of the Audubon Society, says that if the Shell Vessel ever experiences an uncontrolled drift in the Arctic — while connected to a pressurized, subsea oil pipeline — there could be a major spill.”

By Dan Fiorucci6:27 p.m. AKDT, July 15, 2012

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Gale force winds have now died down in Unalaska, and a preliminary examination of the hull of the drilling vessel “Noble Discoverer” has turned up no sign of damage.

Just yesterday (Saturday), the 14-thousand ton RIG drifted dangerously close to shore in Dutch Harbor — when its anchor dragged. Pete Slaiby, the Vice President of Shell Oil in Alaska says the SHIP drifted approximately 100 yards. Sustained winds in Dutch Harbor were clocked at 35 miles an hour at the time the Discoverer started its uncontrolled drift, at around 5:20 P.M. read more

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Greenpeace targets Shell pumps

16 July 2012 Last updated at 07:44

Environmental campaigners are attempting to shut down every Shell petrol station in Edinburgh in a protest against the company’s plans to drill in the Arctic.

Greenpeace said they intend to close more than a dozen stations across the capital.

One of the first to be targeted was in Dalry Road, in the city’s west end.

Activists said they had used the emergency shut-off switch, which stops petrol going to the pumps.

They also draped a large banner showing images of animals Greenpeace believes are threatened by oil exploration in the Arctic, and used tape carrying the slogan Save the Arctic to close access to the station. read more

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Coast Guard: Check shows no damage to Shell ship

“Shell can’t keep (its) drill rig under control in a protected harbor, so what will happen when it faces 20 foot swells and sea ice while drilling in the Arctic?” Greenpeace said in a statement.

By RACHEL D’ORO

Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An inspection of a Shell drilling ship that lost its mooring and drifted toward shore of an Alaska Island showed no signs of damage or grounding, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

Initial estimates showed the Noble Discoverer came within 100 yards of shore in Dutch Harbor before it was towed farther off shore and re-anchored Saturday, said Petty Officer Sara Francis. No injuries, leaks or pollution have been reported.

Francis said the Coast Guard would continue to evaluate that estimate. The Guard planned to review images of the hull of the 571-foot vessel that were taken Sunday, when Shell representatives sent down a remote-operated vehicle. read more

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Shell’s Arctic drilling rig runs adrift in Alaskan harbor

*SHELL’S ARCTIC DRILLING PLANS ALL ADRIFT… THIS IS NOT A PRANK, BUT FACTUAL BREAKING NEWS… SHELL’S 514-FOOT DRILLING SHIP ARRIVES IN DUTCH HARBOR, ALASKA, AND ACCORDING TO INDEPENDENT WITNESSES, IMMEDIATELY RUNS AGROUND… WHAT A FARCE.

By Kim Murphy July 15, 2012, 12:23 p.m.

SEATTLE — Shell’s Arctic oil ambitions ran into new problems Saturday evening when the Discoverer drilling rig, slated to begin exploratory operations in the Chukchi Sea next month, ran adrift in stiff winds in Alaska’s Dutch Harbor and came perilously close to the beach.

The vessel ‘s anchor failed to hold and the 514-foot ship began drifting, but its movement was halted when tug boats were called in to assist, Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis told the Los Angeles Times.

“We don’t know exactly what happened yet. We do know that the vessel’s anchor didn’t hold, they began to drift, they let out more anchor chain to slow that drift and called for immediate tug assistance,” Francis said. read more

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Shell offshore drilling vessel Noble Discoverer drifts near shore in Unalaska

Alaska Dispatch | Jul 14, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell’s hopes to drill in Alaska’s Arctic this summer have been hitting some hurdles lately, with potential problems arising with air permits, a hiccup over an oil-spill containment barge docked in Washington state and now, the drill ship Noble Discoverer came unexpectedly close to shore Saturday in Unalaska Bay on its eventual trek to the Arctic.

It was not immediately clear if the vessel had actually run aground.

Unalaska radio station KUCB reports that the Noble Discoverer began drifting toward shore sometime Saturday afternoon. A longshoreman quoted in the story said that he observed the vessel as neared shore and appeared to be dragging its anchor. read more

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