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Arctic braced for oil rush as Shell eyes return to Alaska

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 19.49.45By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities Editor for publication in The SundayTelegraph 29 Mar 2015 under the headline:

Arctic braced for oil rush as Shell eyes return to Alaska

When the wreck of Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig washed up on the coast of Alaska in 2012 following a storm at sea, many environmental campaigners hoped that the incident would draw a line under big oil’s quest to explore in the Arctic, the last remaining great frontier for fossil fuel reserves.

In rough seas, with waves as high as 18 feet and winds gusting at around 50 miles per hour, the drilling rig broke free from its towing rope and was cast adrift for four days in the northern Gulf of Alaska before washing ashore. It was carrying 560,000 litres of diesel fuel and drilling lubricant along with 18 crew. read more

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How one woman fought one of the world’s biggest oil companies — and won

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 18.08.03From an article by Jared Goyette published 27 March 2015 by Public Radio International under the headline:

How one woman fought one of the world’s biggest oil companies — and won

Officials in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, are currently mulling a proposal from Shell Oil to build a new chemical plant in their backyard. But before they make a decision, they might want to listen to some advice from a 71-year-old retired teacher who lives in another small town thousands of miles away.

“You should have input in what is going on,” warns Margie Richard of Norco, Louisiana.

Richard’s words of caution come from experience: She fought her own battle against a Shell chemical plant in her hometown — and won. read more

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Shell moving rigs to north Alaska ahead of possible drilling permit

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 09.08.40Article by Carl Surran published 25 March 2015 by SeekingAlpha.com

Shell moving rigs to north Alaska ahead of possible drilling permit

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) is moving oil rigs to Alaska in anticipation of the possible resumption of its Arctic drilling program two years after the grounding of a rig led to a huge uproar from environmental groups.
  • Also, Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Wash., with government officials observing the exercises; the drills were set to begin in earnest today and span several days, and are meant to put the equipment through its paces for regulators who will decide whether the company wins other critical government approvals.“
  • Bellingham, Wash. in March is not Barrow, Alaska in October,” Greenpeace retorts. “Even if these tests appear successful, they have almost no bearing on whether or not Shell can safely drill in the Arctic.”

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Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

Alaska Dispatch

WASHINGTON — Shell’s Arctic oil spill response system is undergoing drills in waters near Bellingham, Washington, with government officials observing the exercises.

Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing as it plans a new round of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska later this year.

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US industry group pushes for arctic lease changes

Washington, 27 March (Argus) — The US National Petroleum Council (NPC) is urging policy makers to rethink the leasing terms governing arctic oil and gas exploration. read more

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