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Shell’s Lawsuit against Environmental Groups Declared Unconstitutional by Appeals Court

Shell's lawsuit was ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. Appeals Court

Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig is towed from Kiliuda Bay after running aground in December 2012. (Photo: U.S. Pacific Command / Flickr Creative Commons)

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Royal Dutch Shell roughly two years ago against 13 environmental and Alaska Native entities, including Oceana. Shell sued the groups in a “preemptive” move to keep them from being able to sue Shell over its plans to drill in the Arctic. The court ruled that this was a “novel” move by Shell—and one that wasn’t permitted under the United States Constitution.


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Ocean Roundup: More Orcas Converging near Puget Sound, Hawaii’s Coral Reef Ecosystems Found in Poor Condition, and More

Orcas are moving closer to the Puget Sound

Offshore orcas have been moving towards the Puget Sound. (Photo: Miles Ritter / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Recently, “exotic orcas”—orcas that are typically found off California’s continental shelf—have been converging in unusually high numbers in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Scientists suspect ocean temperatures and food availability are drawing the orcas closer to the coast, but they’re still investigating the cause. UPI


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Ocean Roundup: Polar Bears Congregating in Manitoba, Northern Shrimp Declining across Their Range, and More

Polar bears could lose two-thirds of their population by mid century

Polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. (Photo: Valerie / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory held a meeting behind closed doors with state and federal officials and agencies involved with offshore drilling, which was closed to journalists, environmental groups, and the public. The meeting included discussions related to offshore oil and gas exploration that could be coming to the North Carolina coast within a few years. The Associated Press


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Video: Oceana’s “Drill, Spill, Repeat” Documentary Wins Award at Sunscreen Film Fest

Oceana's "Drill, Spill, Repeat" video won an award

Fire boat response crews battle the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The 2010 BP oil spill disaster is discussed in Oceana’s documentary, “Drill, Spill, Repeat.” (Photo: US Coast Guard - 100421-G-XXXXL- 003 - Deepwater Horizon fire/ WikiMedia Commons)

The 2010 BP oil spill disaster killed 11 people and spewed over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, damaging ecosystems, local economies, and lifestyles for many Gulf residents. It’s been nearly four and a half years since the spill, but its effects on marine life and Gulf fishermen still persist. 


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Ocean Roundup: Lionfish Being Fed to Reef Sharks, New Polymer Could Reduce Shark Bycatch, and More

Lionfish are being fed to reef sharks to help control lionfish numbers

A lionfish. Lionfish are being hand-fed to reef sharks in an effort to control lionfish populations. (Photo: Michael Aston / Flickr Creative Commons)

- New research shows that deep-sea microbes use vitamin B12 to break down toxic chemicals on the seafloor. Scientists that found microbes using this vitamin reduced the toxicity of dangerous polychlorinated biphenyals (PCBs), dioxins, and other dangerous substances. Forbes


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New Government Report Exposes Oversight Gaps in Offshore Drilling Regulators

New OIG report shows BSEE has lapses in drilling oversight

Oil rigs near Horn Island, Mississippi, USA, pictured during an Oceana Latitude Gulf of Mexico Expedition in 2010. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Suárez)

A recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of the Interior has revealed some condemning information about the oversight of offshore drilling operations. The analysis conducted by OIG, which is charged with auditing and investigating executive departments, focuses on the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) offshore oil and gas permitting program.


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Oceana Magazine: Arctic Assets

Frozen Future report outlines risks of Arctic drilling

Arctic sea ice. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr Creative Commons)

Earlier this year, Oceana released a report, “Frozen Future: Shell’s ongoing gamble in the U.S. Arctic,” that detailed Royal Dutch Shell’s involvement with Arctic offshore drilling. This magazine feature takes a close look at this report, and asks ten questions investors should be asking to determine if drilling in the Arctic is best for shareholders.


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Offshore Drilling Risks Highlighted in Myrtle Beach Billboards

Oceana billboards in South Carolina are raising awareness about seismic

One of Oceana's billboards near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Photo: Randy Sturgill / Oceana)

If you’re driving through the Myrtle Beach area over the next month, be sure to keep an eye out for several Oceana billboards in the area.


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Outcry of Opposition Grows towards Seismic Airgun Approval along the East Coast

Seismic airgun blasting could lead to offshore drilling in the Atlantic

Oil rig off the coast of southeastern Louisiana. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen)

The public outcry of opposition towards seismic airgun testing has only continued to grow since the Obama administration approved seismic airgun testing along the East Coast earlier this month.


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Photos: Spanish Supreme Court Approves Offshore Drilling around the Canary Islands

Offshore drilling in the Canary Islands will harm marine species.

A male barred hogfish (Bodianus scrofa) pictured in Spain during a 2009 Ranger Expedition. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Carlos Suarez)

Last week, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled in favor of oil drilling in the Canary Islands. The ruling approves permits for Repsol, a Spanish multinational oil and gas company, to search for hydrocarbons on the eastern coastlines of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote islands. This project will harm up to 25 marine areas and 82 protected species that were documented by Oceana during its expedition in this zone.


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