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U.S. Coast Guard sees added burden in Shell’s Arctic quest

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The U.S. Coast Guard Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Waesch

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 19.22.09In 2012, the last time the company explored in the Arctic, Coast Guard helicopters had to rescue 18 Shell workers from an out-of-control oil rig in stormy seas, one of several mishaps the company suffered that year. The rig ran aground and had to be scrapped. A later Coast Guard report was sharply critical of Shell’s safety preparation and conduct.

By Timothy Gardner: 11 August 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard has been forced to divert resources – including a vessel that fights cocaine trafficking – to the Arctic this summer to ensure that Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling meets its environmental and safety commitments, its top officer said.

The added Coast Guard presence in the Chukchi Sea off Northern Alaska includes the Waesche, a 418 foot-long (127 m) national security ship, which otherwise would be operating in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, fighting drug traffickers. read more

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Latest On Royal Dutch Shell Arctic Drilling Plan

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Bidness Etc discusses when Shell can resume drilling in the Arctic and analyses the problems it faces

By: MICHEAL KAUFMANPublished: Aug 11, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is ready to begin drilling in the Arctic. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement had previously banned the company from drilling at certain petroleum sites.

While the company was scheduled to begin drilling on July 30, some equipment used to control a well blowout that was being carried by a safety vessel suffered damage and was sent back for repairs, delaying the project. Shell’s experience in the Arctic has not been that great. Three years ago the company saw one of its rigs come ashore, causing damage to the environment. read more

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Ann Pickard: the little-known executive leading Shell’s gamble on Arctic oil

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Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 18.06.06Pickard is known as one of the oil industry’s toughest political operators with a history of doing whatever it takes to further Shell’s interests – and the Arctic is ‘just too big a prize’ to leave read more

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Shell ready to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic

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Karl Mathiesen: Tuesday 11 August 2015

Shell is set to restart its controversial hunt for Arctic oil, three years after the company’s last ill-fated venture north. A spokeswoman for the company said: “Fennica is in the Chukchi Sea, drilling continues, and we have requested the permit to drill deeper in this exploration well.”

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BP plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc Will Have To Survive Without $100 Oil

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By Harvey Jones – Tuesday, 11 August, 2015

Low oil prices have sunk share prices at BP (LSE: BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) and there is no sign of immediate respite.

There was a flicker of hope as Brent crude climbed to nearly $68 a barrel in May, but it has now slid below $50 again, and worse could follow.

The notion that lower prices would put the skids on supply, especially from US shale rigs, has been discredited. Shale technology is coming on in leaps and bounds, driving constant cost savings for drillers.

US frackers continue to add an extra million barrels of oil a day to global supply, even before Iran floods the market with its stockpiles. read more

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Shell asks for approval on deeper Arctic drilling

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By Jennifer A. DlouhyAugust 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – Shell is asking federal regulators for permission to drill deeper into potential oil-bearing rock thousands of feet below the Chukchi Sea.

Although the company has been drilling a well at its Burger Prospect since July 30, Interior Department regulators have limited the company’s work to the top 3,000 feet.

The restriction stems from regulators’ insistence that Shell have an emergency device called a capping stack nearby and ready to be deployed on top of a damaged well within 24 hours of an incident. But for weeks, that capping stack and the icebreaker used to deploy it have been unavailable while a hole in the hull of that vessel was fixed in a Portland, Ore., shipyard. read more

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For the sake of the Inupiat, Shell should give up drilling in the Arctic

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Othniel Art Oomittuk Jr.: August 10, 2015

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Inupiaq people, who have inhabited the uppermost one-third of the state of Alaska, known as the Arctic, for millennia, are part of a larger circumpolar indigenous Inuit nation. The current population of the Inupiat in Alaska is about 13,500 (source: University of Alaska Fairbanks). Point Hope is the longest continuously inhabited community on the North American continent, the second largest village with a population of 800 inhabitants and the most culturally traditional village on the North Slope of Alaska.  read more

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