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...]

Greenpeace Bridge Hangers Stand Off With Shell Icebreaker As Fines Rack Up

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

Update 2: The Shell icebreaker Fennica threaded through the human barricade late Thursday. Check out the video from the scene.  Update: Greenpeace updated at 3:31 PM PDT that thirteen bridge climbers are still in place and will stay as long as possible hanging from the St. John's Bridge. As of 4:05 PM PDT, AIS showed the Fennica icebreaker still stopped in … [Read more...]

Greenpeace Activists Hang from Bridge to Block Shell Icebreaker

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

  A group of twenty six Greenpeace activists have suspended themselves from a bridge in Portland, Oregon in an effort to stop Shell icebreaker from heading back to Alaska where it is needed for the company's arctic drilling operations. The Greenpeace climbers and dozens of so-called 'kayaktivists' have positioned themselves under the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, … [Read more...]

Fennica Investigation Findings Sent for Review

MSV Fennica. Photo: Shell Alaska

  U.S. Coast Guard investigators have sent for review their initial findings into what caused a 3-foot gash in the hull of Shell's arctic icebreaker Fennica during its stay in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The Finnish multipurpose icebreaker MSV Fennica was departing Dutch Harbor, AK for the Chukchi Sea on July 3rd when crew members and a licensed harbor pilot discovered a … [Read more...]

U.S. Arctic Drilling Permits for Shell Stop Shy of Oil Zone

MSV Fennica. Photo: Shell Alaska

  By Mark Drajem (Bloomberg) -- Royal Dutch Shell Plc received limited permits to drill two wells off Alaska’s Arctic coast, leaving the company still short of its desire to tap into the offshore oil reserves. The U.S. Interior Department approved Shell’s applications to drill in the Chukchi Sea, while saying the company may not reach the oil reserves until safety … [Read more...]

Shell’s Damaged Icebreaker Headed for U.S. West Coast for Repairs

MSV Fennica. Photo: Shell Alaska

  An icebreaker that was scheduled to head to the Chukchi Sea in support of Shell's arctic drilling campaign will instead head back to U.S. West Coast for repairs to its damaged hull. A spokesman for Shell confirmed Monday that the Finnish multipurpose icebreaker MSV Fennica will return to a shipyard in Portland, Oregon to repair a gash suffered in the hull of the … [Read more...]