Tag: Arctic Drilling

Arctic drilling ban should remain in place under Trump Administration

Arctic drilling ban should remain in place under Trump Administration

Industry’s argument that Arctic drilling ban endangers national security, could raise energy prices, are suspect With the global economy awash in crude oil, the recently announced American and Canadian bans on Arctic oil and gas drilling just make sense. US President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a ban on new oil and gas drilling in federal […]

By December 22, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Shell exploration permits in sensitive Arctic area may be expired

Shell exploration permits in sensitive Arctic area may be expired

Notes from 2014 meeting indicate Shell won’t make Arctic a priority until 2029 Environmentalists say talks on creating a third national marine conservation area are being held up over Arctic offshore energy exploration permits that may not legally exist. “Looking at the permits, it looks like the rights expired in 1979,” said Alex Speers-Roesch of […]

Murkowski blames Obama for Statoil, Shell abandoning Arctic drilling

Murkowski blames Obama for Statoil, Shell abandoning Arctic drilling

Murkowski says problems with regulatory environment for Arctic drilling are responsibility of Obama Administration Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is blaming the Obama Administration for Statoil’s decision to end Alaska operations and give back leases Alaska’s Arctic offshore frontier the company won in 2008. “I am very concerned that, for the second time in as many months, […]

By November 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Alaska offshore drilling: Murkowski says Interior Dept. decision ‘short-sighted’

Alaska offshore drilling: Murkowski says Interior Dept. decision ‘short-sighted’

Murkowski blames Obama Administration for Alaska offshore drilling future lease sales cancelled Late last week the Interior Department announced it is cancelling future lease sales and will not extend current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski calls the decision “short-sighted” and says the move betrays the Interior Department’s commitments to Alaska […]

Arctic offshore drilling opponents enlists actors, humor in campaign

Arctic offshore drilling opponents enlists actors, humor in campaign

Arctic offshore drilling opponents include Alexander Skarsgard, Jack McBrayer, Andy Bichlbaum ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Critics of Arctic offshore drilling have used climbing gear, kayaks and polar bear costumes to protest industrial activity in the Arctic. They’re now trying humour. Actors Alexander Skarsgard of “True Blood” and Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock,” along with Andy Bichlbaum of “The […]

By September 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Shell Arctic drilling stops due to high winds, seas

Shell Arctic drilling stops due to high winds, seas

Critics fear leak from Arctic drilling will ruin sensitive ecosystem ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory Arctic drilling. “Due to high wind and sea states, we have paused all critical operations in the Chukchi Sea,” said spokesman […]

Coast Guard fines Greenpeace activists for Arctic drilling protests

Coast Guard fines Greenpeace activists for Arctic drilling protests

Greenpeace protestors fined for interfering with safe operations of a vessel PORTLAND, Ore. – Five Greenpeace protesters who tried to stop a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Oregon, for an Arctic oil-drilling operation have been fined $5,000 apiece by the Coast Guard. The icebreaking vessel Fennica arrived in Portland last month for repairs. When the […]

Shell permitted for limited Alaska offshore oil exploratory drilling

Shell permitted for limited Alaska offshore oil exploratory drilling

Alaska offshore oil exploration in Chukchi Sea WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast. The two permits issued Wednesday clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with conditions. Shell can only drill the top sections of wells because the company doesn’t […]

Churchill Marine Observatory: New research into Arctic oil spills

Churchill Marine Observatory: New research into Arctic oil spills

Churchill Marine Observatory research will be help in event of Alaska Arctic off-shore oil spill A new $32 million research facility – Churchill Marine Observatory – on the edge of Hudson Bay will soon begin studying the impacts of potential Arctic oil spills. The recent transportation of two Shell drilling platforms up the West Coast has focused […]

Arctic offshore drilling: Environmental groups sue BOEM

Arctic offshore drilling: Environmental groups sue BOEM

Companies not equipped for disaster in Arctic offshore drilling: Opponents Ten environmental groups Tuesday sued a federal agency over its approval of a plan by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for exploratory petroleum drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last month signed off on Shell’s exploratory drilling plan in the Chukchi Sea, which […]