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Shell “Let’s Go” campaign a brilliant, elaborate hoax

Environmental activists Greenpeace conducted an elaborate online hoax to draw attention to the the oil company Shell’s push to drill in protected Arctic lands. Users were invited to submit suggestions for the “Arctic ready” ad campaign through a mock website designed to look like the company’s.

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com Published: July 17, 2012 at 12:19

Environmental activist group Greenpeace followed up a fake Shell launch partywith yet another successful viral campaign against the oil giant.

The pranksters set up a website imitating Shell‘s, encouraging people to submit their suggestions for a “crowdsourced ad campaign” promoting drilling in the Arctic.

Greenpeace released a statement taking credit for the campaign.

“With help from the Yes Lab we built a special Arctic Ready website for Shell, which houses our new advertisements, plus a tool for you to create your own,” the statement says. “Take a moment to choose a picture and add your own message – there are some great ones up already. We’ve even built a charming kids’ game – Angry Bergs – to keep the littl’uns happy. Watch the dollars flood in as you protect your oil platform from those pesky natural hazards. Unsinkable.” read more

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Shell’s Arctic Drilling Venture Stumbles Toward Reality

Posted: 07/17/2012 12:45 pm

Royal Dutch Shell, the global energy giant, has already invested more than $4 billion in its Arctic drilling venture, but that was apparently not enough to purchase proper mooring in Alaska’s Dutch Harbor and avoid a subsequent public relations mess.

Precisely what happened is still being sorted out. Official accounts had the Noble Discoverer, one of two massive drilling rigs that Shell had parked midway up the Aleutian Island chain, dragging anchor in stiff winds over the weekend before coming to a halt 100 yards offshore. read more

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Shell faces $5 billion fine over Nigeria Bonga oil spill

By Joe Brock and Camillus Eboh

ABUJA | Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:39pm EDT

(Reuters) – Nigerian regulators have told parliament that Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) should be fined $5 billion for environmental damaged caused by an oil spill at its offshore Bonga field, one of the biggest in the history of Africa’s largest energy industry.

Shell said on Tuesday there was no legal basis for the proposed fine.

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) told a parliamentary committee on Monday that although last year’s spill, estimated at around 40,000 barrels, was contained offshore, there was a serious environmental threat. read more

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Why we should look to the Arctic

By Bob Reiss, Special to CNN July 16, 2012 — Updated 1717 GMT (0117 HKT)

Editor’s note: Bob Reiss, a former reporter at the Chicago Tribune, is the author of 18 books, including the just published, “The Eskimo and the Oil Man.” He can be seen this week on CNN as part of the “Erin Burnett OutFront” series on the Arctic at 7 pm ET.

(CNN) — Most Americans think of the Arctic as an icy, distant place; beautiful, remote and teeming with wildlife, but unrelated to their daily lives. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This summer, big doings on America’s northern doorstep will have enormous consequences to the economic, strategic and environmental future of the nation. Yet we are unprepared for the challenges and opportunities. read more

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Alaska drilling: From ‘hell no!’ to … ‘OK’

Alaska drilling: From ‘hell no!’ to … ‘OK’

By Paul Vercammen and Thom Patterson, CNN

July 17, 2012 — Updated 1456 GMT (2256 HKT)

Barrow, Alaska (CNN) — Edward Itta, a powerful Eskimo leader, looks out at the icy Arctic Ocean stretched out under a fuzzy orange sun that refuses to set this time of year.

“This is our garden,” said the former mayor of the North Slope Borough, a county-style government covering an area as big as Wyoming.

Itta’s garden, the Arctic Ocean, is filled with the whales, seals, walruses and fish the Inupiat Eskimos still need to survive.

But many Inupiats think “their garden” is being threatened by an international oil rush to get at what may be a treasure trove of more than 25 billion barrels of crude. read more

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Oil Price Rigging

BBC NEWS ARTICLE: Oil prices could be rigged by traders warns G20 report

COMMENT BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR: “OUTSIDER”

John

Following on from the LIBOR scandal, the answer to the question about whether oil prices can be rigged is almost certainly “yes”

A relatively small proportion of the world’s oil production is actively traded in Rotterdam or Cushing,  and any shortage or glut of oil in these markets will cause global oil prices linked to the benchmarks to rise or fall. This has been highlighted by the recent differences between the prices of WTI and Brent. Judicious manipulation of the supply (or demand) in these markets can also result in artificially high or low oil prices. read more

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Oil prices could be rigged by traders warns G20 report

A report commissioned by the G20 group of the world’s biggest economies has warned oil prices could be vulnerable to a Libor-style rigging scandal.

16 July 2012 Last updated at 17:40

A report commissioned by the G20 group of the world’s biggest economies has warned oil prices could be vulnerable to a Libor-style rigging scandal.

According to the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the current system of oil price reporting is “susceptible to manipulation or distortion.”

Benchmark prices are compiled by price reporting agencies. The biggest, Platts, says “there is absolutely no similarity” between Libor and oil. read more

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Shell: Disagrees with $5 Billion Fine for Nigeria Oil Spill

July 17, 2012

By Sarah Kent

LONDON–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) confirmed Tuesday it faces a $5 billion fine for its Bonga oil spill offshore Nigeria late last year, but added that it doesn’t “believe there is any basis in law” for such a punishment.

The company’s Nigerian subsidiary “responded to this incident with professionalism and acted with the consent of the necessary authorities at all times to prevent environmental impact as a result of the incident,” Shell said in a statement. read more

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Oil: Only part of the Arctic’s massive resources

By Steve Hargreaves @CNNMoney July 17, 2012: 5:15 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — When Royal Dutch Shell sinks five wells off Alaska — slated for next month — it will be the first drilling in U.S. Arctic waters in decades.

Yet it will be just the latest in a slow-moving but steady push to tap the Arctic’s vast natural resources.

Encouraged by high commodity prices and shrinking sea ice, everyone from Big Oil to the cruise industry is eager to get in on the Arctic’s riches.

Oil and Gas: Perhaps the most high profile of the Arctic’s natural resources, oil and natural gas also seem to be the most plentiful. read more

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Shell denies witness’ claim that drilling rig dragged for 2 hours

His eyewitness version of events differs significantly from Shell Oil Co.’s assessment of what happened.

By LISA DEMER
Anchorage Daily News

Published: July 16th, 2012 10:21 PM
Last Modified: July 16th, 2012 10:35 PM

For two hours before a big Shell drilling ship stopped near shore Saturday afternoon, a Dutch Harbor resident noticed it slowly moving in that direction, an observed time that contradicts with the much shorter period of uncontrolled drifting in Shell’s account of the close call.

James Mason, a journalist who has lived in Dutch Harbor for a year and runs an online local news site, said he glanced at the Noble Discoverer out the window of his home a few times that afternoon and also was eyeing it as he tooled around town. He lives on Standard Oil hill overlooking the airport and Unalaska Bay, where the ship was moored. read more

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Shell’s Arctic drill plan has too many holes

COMPASS: Other points of view

By RICK STEINER

Published: July 16th, 2012 07:03 PM
Last Modified: July 16th, 2012 07:03 PM

After years of complaining that the environmental community, North Slope residents and the Obama administration are delaying its Arctic Ocean drilling projects, it is now apparent that Shell itself is not ready to drill.

Its oil spill response barge still has significant unresolved issues, and Shell recently asked for a variance to its air permit, proposing that it now be allowed to emit several times the amount of hazardous substances already permitted. If it wants a variance to important federal environmental regulations, Shell should have to go through the full public review and comment process prescribed by law. read more

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Shell drilling ship that lost mooring in Alaska also had anchor problem in New Zealand

By Associated Press, Published: July 16

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Shell Oil drilling ship that slipped its anchor in Alaska’s Dutch Harbor raises serious concerns about the company’s ability to operate safely in Arctic waters, particularly after the same vessel ran into a mooring problem in New Zealand waters last year, environmental groups said Monday.

The 571-foot Noble Discoverer lost its mooring Saturday, drifting extremely close to shore. Shell and the Coast Guard say an inspection of the hull by a remotely operated vehicle showed no signs of damage or grounding. Divers will take another look no later than Friday, Shell said. The Coast Guard said it will review findings of both inspections as part of its ongoing investigation.

The Coast Guard said no one was injured in the incident and no pollution has been reported. Coast Guard representatives were expected to board the Discoverer on Monday, Petty Officer Sara Francis said.

The contract ship, owned by Noble Drilling, is among a Shell fleet to head north for planned exploratory offshore drilling in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. read more

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