arctic drilling

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

Posted Tue, Dec 2, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to arctic drilling, Chukchi Lease Sale 193, chukchi sea, offshore drilling, Royal Dutch Shell

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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Shell Blames Everyone But Itself in Request for Suspension of Arctic Leases

Posted Mon, Nov 3, 2014 by Michael Levine to arctic drilling, arctic oil exploration, Royal Dutch Shell, Shell arctic drilling

Shell has requested to extend their oil exploration lease in the Arctic

Shell's Kulluk oil drilling rig grounded in late 2012, 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photostream / Flickr Creative Commons)

In a letter dated July 14, 2014, Shell appears to request that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) bend its rules to allow an extension of the 10-year term for the company’s oil and gas leases in the U.S.


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Ocean Roundup: Shell Seeks to Extend Arctic Drilling Period, Great Barrier Reef Protection Plan “Inadequate,” and More

Posted Wed, Oct 29, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to arctic drilling, BP oil spill disaster, great barrier reef, Greenland sharks, Royal Dutch Shell

Shell wishes to extend their Arctic drilling lease

Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig grounded in 2012 in the Arctic. Shell wants to extend their lease to for exploratory drilling in the Arctic. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Australian scientists are criticizing the government’s Reef 2050 long-term sustainability plan, citing that it’s “inadequate to achieve the goal of restoring or even maintaining the diminished outstanding universal value of the reef.” The Australian Academy of Science says the proposal doesn’t address greenhouse gas emissions, even though government assessments found climate change to be the biggest threat to the reef. The Guardian


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Bird Casualties from BP’s Gulf Spill Much Higher than Original Estimates

Posted Tue, Oct 21, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to arctic drilling, bp oil spill, bp oil spill effect on wildlife, deepwater horizon, Shell arctic drilling

The BP oil spill had widespread effects on birds

An oiled gannet is cleaned at the Theodore Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2010 following the BP spill. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region / Wikimedia Commons)

In September, a federal judge found BP’s negligent and reckless behavior to be at fault for the 2010 BP oil spill, which killed 11 people and spewed over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.


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Oceana Magazine: Arctic Assets

Posted Thu, Sep 18, 2014 by Justine Hausheer to arctic drilling, Arctic offshore drilling, offshore drilling, Royal Dutch Shell, Shell arctic drilling

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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Ocean Roundup: 20 Coral Species to Gain Federal Protection, Shell Files New Plan for Arctic Drilling, and More

20 coral species to gain protection

Rough cactus coral, one of the new coral species to be listed as threatened. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons)

- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it will list 20 new species of coral as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, largely because of climate change. Found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, these corals are also threatened by overfishing, runoff, and coastal construction. The Associated Press 


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Arctic Oil and Gas Lease Sale Moves Forward Despite Waning Interest from Industry Groups

Polar bears would be affected by Arctic drilling

Polar bears and other majestic marine mammals could be greatly affected by an oil spill in the Arctic Ocean. Click here to join Oceana in asking the Obama Administration to take the Arctic Ocean off the table for the 2017-2022 OCS Lease Sale program. (Photo: Alan D. Wilson [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

There’s no question that drilling for oil in Arctic waters is risky business. Twenty five years after the Exxon Valdez tanker hit a reef in 1989, causing the second largest oil spill in U.S. history, wildlife and economies in Alaska’s Prince William Sound are still recovering. And in 2012, as part of an attempt at offshore oil exploration activity in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Shell’s Kulluk oil drilling rig ran aground near Kodiak Island.


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Coast Guard Report Raises More Questions for Shell and Government

After grounding on New Year’s Eve 2012, Shell’s drill rig, the Kulluk, was towed by the Aiviq and monitored by escort tugs as it made its way to Dutch Harbor, AK to be loaded on a heavy-lift vessel for final transport to Asia for repairs. (Photo: US Coast Guard)

Shell and other oil companies are focused on the Arctic Ocean as a potential new frontier for energy development. Despite the lack of adequate baseline information and any proven technology for responding to a spill in icy Arctic waters, United States government regulators have repeatedly made decisions to allow leasing and exploration activities and have granted necessary approvals. The company’s push to drill and government acquiescence put at risk coastal communities and vibrant ecosystems filled with iconic animals such as bowhead whales, walrus, and polar bears.


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Coast Guard Calls Out Shell for Ignoring Risks During 2012 Rig Grounding

(Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

In December of 2012, Shell’s Arctic drilling rig, the Kulluk, ran aground during a winter storm. Yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard released the results of their investigation into the incident, criticizing Shell for poor management and decision-making. In a press release, the Coast Guard states that the “most significant factor” in the grounding was “the inadequate assessment and management of risks.”


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