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Shell begins drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea

Sept. 9, 2012, 11:06 a.m. EDT

By Angel Gonzalez

After a six-year wait and clearing countless hurdles, Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s U.S. unit said it began drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea on Sunday.

This is the first time in more than two decades that the oil industry gets access to the U.S. offshore Arctic. If successful, Shell’s foray could pave the way for the exploitation of one of the world’s last oil frontiers.

Shell’s bid to tap the Arctic’s vaunted offshore oil and gas riches has met with resistance from environmentalists, strict scrutiny from cautious regulators and persistent sea ice. Now the Anglo-Dutch oil giant must cram as much drilling activity as it can in a short window that lasts through late September in the Chukchi Sea and late October in the Beaufort Sea, depending on weather forecasts. read more

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Oil and Ice – The Risks of Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean

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By Kiley Kroh, Lauren Santa Cruz, Michael Conathan, and Andrew Satter

Earlier this year, it seemed almost a foregone conclusion that Royal Dutch Shell would begin drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s North Slope. Since then, a litany of factors including difficulty handling its drilling rigs, failure to secure Coast Guard approval of a key spill response vessel, and the lingering presence of summer sea ice has prevented Shell’s efforts from bearing fruit. Last week, Shell received preliminary approval from the Department of the Interior to begin preparatory work, including the installation of blowout preventers at the drill sites. read more

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Question mark over legal status of Royal Dutch Shell Business Principles

FROM OUR SEPT 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE

Question mark over legal status of Royal Dutch Shell Statement of General Business Principles

“The development may also be of interest to the Rossport Five jailed in Ireland at Shell’s behest after making a stand on environmental grounds.”

Friday 9 September 2005: 10.00am ET

By John Donovan

Comments in an important judicial handbook recently published as part of the United Nations Environment Programme, imply that contrary to previous understanding, voluntary Codes of Conduct implemented by multinational corporations may be subject to rights of legal redress. As a result, it appears that legal remedies for corporate misdeeds may have now reached the doorstep of Shell in relation to its Statement of General Business Principles (SGBP) which solemnly pledge honesty, integrity and transparency in all of Shell’s dealings. The SGBP is specifically cited in the relevant comments. read more

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Shell set to begin drilling off Alaska

By , Sunday, September 9, 12:51 AM

With the ice-free drilling season nearing an end, Shell Oil was expecting to start its first exploration well in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday, the Noble Discoverer drilling rig was moored to eight anchors spread in a circular pattern 6,500 feet across on the sea floor to center the rig over the well. Each anchor weighs several tons.

The company said that crews on board would begin drilling a pilot hole to a depth of roughly 1,400 feet, stopping well short of the oil-bearing reservoirs while the company finishes work on a spill control vessel it needs in place before getting final permits.

Last week the Interior Department said that Shell could drill the pilot hole and the 20-by-40-foot hole called the mud line cellar, which will house the blowout preventer and allow it to sit below the sea floor. The company also will install casing and cement in the top portion of the well. read more

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