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BP, ExxonMobil suspend Arctic work

Jun 29, 2015

An oil industry consortium that includes BP and ExxonMobil suspended a Canadian arctic exploration program in the Beaufort Sea region due to insufficient time to begin test drilling before its lease expires in 2020, according to Seeking Alpha…

API: Prioritize Arctic development

Jun 16, 2015

API encouraged congress and regulators to prioritize Arctic offshore oil and natural gas development as the House Natural Resources Committee prepared to hold a hearing on Arctic energy today (16 June). “Arctic oil and natural gas…

Kayaktivists block departing Shell Arctic rig

Jun 15, 2015

Thirteen activists in kayaks intercepted Shell's drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer, in Seattle's Puget Sound as the rig prepared to depart for the Arctic as part of Shell's US$1 billion Arctic exploration and drilling program. Kayaktivists…

Shell gains Court spill response approval

Jun 12, 2015

Shell is on the brink of Arctic exploration after the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) approval of the US supermajor’s oil spill response plan (OSRP) on 11 June. The Noble Discoverer…

DOI, Shell get more Arctic backlash

Jun 02, 2015

A total of 12 groups are challenging the US Department of Interior’s (DOI) decision to reaffirm the 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale that will allow oil and gas drilling in a nearly 30 million acre area of the Chukchi Sea outer continental shelf (OCS)…

Sea of uncertainty

Jun 01, 2015

With a mean estimate of 23.6 billion bbl of undiscovered, technically recoverable conventional oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, the Arctic could be one of the last big finds. Heather Saucier examines what is at stake on the US side. Source…

Defrosting Arctic development

Jun 01, 2015

Russian arctic oil exploration is facing an uphill battle against international sanctions and low oil prices. But, the country’s oil companies and government are still keen to find produce their icy black gold. Eugene Gerden reports. The…

API comments on US Arctic regulations

May 29, 2015

Producing oil and natural gas safely and responsibly in the Arctic will strengthen America’s economy and national security, API said in comments to proposed regulations for operations offshore Alaska.  “Producing more energy here at home creates new job opportunities and makes us more secure…

NTSB: Shell to blame for Kulluk grounding

May 28, 2015

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is naming Shell as being ultimately responsible for the grounding of the Kulluk ice-class mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) in 2012 offshore Alaska, due to the company’s inadequate assessment of the risk for the towing…

API: Arctic oil, nat gas can be game changers

May 28, 2015

Producing oil and natural gas safely and responsibly in the Arctic will strengthen America’s economy and national security, API said in comments to proposed regulations for operations offshore Alaska. Image from CGG…

Ice spurs innovation

May 19, 2015

Viking Life-Saving Equipment is taking PPE to the limit. Meg Chesshyre explains. Viking’s polar liferaft is ready for use—even at -58°F.  Photos from Viking Life-Saving Equipment Arctic…

Seattleites protest Arctic drilling

May 15, 2015

Transocean’s Polar Pioneer has recently become the center of attention in Seattle. On 12 May 2015 a request was made by the Port of Seattle commissioners which asked Shell to postpone the rig’s move to the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 while permitting issues are worked out…

OTC 15: Shell talks Arctic plans

May 13, 2015

Shell’s Executive Vice President, Arctic, Ann Pickard discussed the supermajor’s investment and current challenges facing its Arctic exploration program at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston on 5 May 2015. In the summer of 2015…

BOEM approves Shell Arctic plan

May 11, 2015

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) granted conditional approval of Shell’s multi-year exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea today (11 May). The approval comes after what the agency described as a “comprehensive review.” Last month…

Shell Arctic spill plan

May 11, 2015

Shell released this video outlining its safety efforts for Arctic exploration. The company received conditional approval for its exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea on 11 May 2015. Shell is planning to spend US$1 billion to explore the Arctic…

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