President Obama Defends Alaska Offshore Drilling

The Shell-contract Polar Pioneer rig is one of two being used to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer. Photo: BSEE

  By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. His message comes on the ahead of a three-day tour of Alaska aimed at drawing attention to powerful images of … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton: Arctic Drilling ‘Not Worth the Risk’

Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

  By Timothy Gardner and Amanda Becker Aug 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska. "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said in a Twitter post. "Given what we know, it's … [Read more...]

Shell Arctic Drilling Receives U.S. Approval

Polar Pioneer

  The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has granted Shell its final approval to drill for oil and gas offshore Alaska in the arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. According to the BSEE, Shell received approval for its Application for Permit to Modify to conduct exploratory drilling activities into potential oil-bearing zones offshore Alaska at one of … [Read more...]

Greenpeace Protesters Face Steep Fines for Bridge Hanging Stunt

Activists suspend themselves from Portland's St. Johns Bridge in an attempt to block Shell's icebreaker from returning to Alaska. Photo: Greenpeace

  By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday. Three of the protesters dangled from the 200-foot-high St. John's … [Read more...]

Coast Guard Sees Added Burden in Shell’s Arctic Drilling Quest

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak conducts the 13th hoist of 18 crewmen from the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. The tug Aiviq suffered problems towing the Kulluk Thursday prompting the Coast Guard to deploy cutters and aircraft to while Royal Dutch Shell dispatched additiona tugs. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

  By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (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 … [Read more...]

Why Native Alaskans Support Shell’s Arctic Drilling

Coast Guard crews escort the 674-foot Curacao-flagged semi-submersible heavy lift ship Blue Marlin to its anchorage location in Port Angeles Bay, Wash., April 17, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

  By Paul Barrett (Bloomberg Business) -- Activists trying to stop Shell's offshore oil drilling in the U.S.'s Arctic Ocean region invoke the interests of native Alaskans. "These communities depend on this environment for food and resources and have stewarded it for centuries," Greenpeace says, as part of its "The People vs. Shell" campaign—what the group describes … [Read more...]

WATCH: Shell Icebreaker Threads Bridge Hanger’s Barricade

Photo: Greenpeace USA 2015/Flickr

  By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore., July 30 (Reuters) - An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police … [Read more...]