U.S. Halts Arctic Drilling Under Obama Administration

Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig. Photo: Shell Alaska

  By Brian Wingfield and Joe Carroll (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Interior Department canceled the two remaining Arctic oil and gas lease sales scheduled to occur under its current program, effectively halting drilling off Alaska’s coast under President Barack Obama. The decision comes less than a month after Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it would indefinitely cease … [Read more...]

Shell Abandons Arctic Exploration After Spending $7 Billion

Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig. Photo: Shell Alaska

  By Karolin Schaps LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its Arctic search for oil after failing to find enough crude, a move that will appease environmental campaigners and shareholders who said its project was too expensive and risky. The withdrawal came six weeks after the final U.S. clearance and three months after Shell was still … [Read more...]

Ship Photos of the Day – Shell’s Arctic Fleet


Shell Alaska has deployed a wide range of vessels in support of its 2015 exploratory drilling at the Burger Prospect in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. The fleet consists of two drilling rigs and 29 vessels, including anchor handlers, barges, ice management units, landing craft/crew boats, offshore supply vessels, oil spill response vessels, tankers and tugs. … [Read more...]

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...]