Shell’s Noble Discoverer Drillship Heads for Alaska

Noble Discoverer drillship

  SEATTLE, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so Royal Dutch Shell's second of two Arctic drilling rigs could depart for Alaska. The activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations during the past two months against Shell's planned oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: BSEE Inspects Shell’s Critical Arctic Containment Equipment


  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement this week oversaw testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping system, a key piece of containment equipment that is considered the line of defense in the case of a major blowout while drilling in the remote arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. The tests were carried out before BSEE personnel in Washington's Puget … [Read more...]

Shell’s Polar Pioneer Rig Departs Seattle Amid Protests

The Raging Grannies activists stand in the way of Shell's Drilling Rig Polar Pioneer as it leaves Seattle's Elliott Bay bound for the Arctic on June 15, 2015. Photo: Greenpeace/Flickr

  SEATTLE, June 15 (Reuters) - A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling rig that will search for oil in the Arctic left its temporary base in Seattle on Monday for the trip north to Alaska as dozens of activists in kayaks tried to stop it, authorities said. Live television showed the rig being towed out of its terminal at the Port of Seattle with kayakers fanning out in an … [Read more...]

Police Dismantle Anti-Shell Protest Tent in Seattle

Protester's against the Shell Oil Company’s drilling rig Polar Pioneer as it arrives in Seattle, Washington, May 14, 2015. Image (c) REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE, June 8 (Reuters) - Police dismantled a tent on Monday used as a staging area for protests in Seattle over Royal Dutch Shell Plc's use of the city's port as a home base for a drilling rig that could depart this week for the Arctic. Over the last month, activists have staged demonstrations against the oil company's Arctic drilling plans, … [Read more...]

NTSB: Shell’s Poor Planning Caused 2012 Grounding of Kulluk Rig

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak conducts hoists of the first six 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.

  The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that inadequate planning by Shell ultimately led to the grounding of the the company's Kulluk drilling rig in Alaska in 2012. The Shell owned ice-class mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk grounded in heavy weather near Ocean Bay on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island off Kodiak on December 31, 2012 … [Read more...]

Activists Chained to Shell Supply Vessel Decide to Come Down

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., assist Chiara D’Angelo, an activist, down from the anchor chain of Arctic Challenger in the Port of Bellingham, May 25, 2015. D’Angelo was taken back to Station Bellingham, where she was evaluated by EMS and released. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Bellingham)

  Two activists who secured themselves to a Shell offshore supply vessel moored in Bellingham, Washington this weekend have both decided to come down. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that activist Chiara D'Angelo requested Coast Guard assistance down from Arctic Challener's anchor chain at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday after she spent three nights … [Read more...]