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Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska

EVERETT, Wash. — Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska. KIRO-TV reports the massive oil drill rig was escorted from the harbor in Everett by two tug boats and two Coast Guard vessels. The Noble Discoverer started its move around 4 a.m. and is moving about 7 miles ...

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Sierra Club Va.: Offshore drilling pits rigs against rockets, military, wind energy

Sierra Club Virginia joined with two former military leaders Thursday to urge the Obama administration to remove Virginia from its draft plan for offshore oil and gas development, citing potential risks to military readiness, the aerospace industry and future offshore wind energy. Such opposition isn’t new, but objections intensified back in January when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) ...

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Kayak protesters try to stop Shell oil drill rig in Seattle

SEATTLE — Greenpeace says 13 protesters in kayaks formed a blockade to try to stop Royal Dutch Shell’s drill rig from leaving Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Group spokeswoman Cassady Sharp said the Coast Guard has arrested several of the “kayaktivists” who paddled out to stop the Polar Pioneer around 4 a.m. Monday. ...

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Shell’s Alaska Arctic spill response plan wins court approval

A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska’s remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is part of ...

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Shell Oil’s Arctic rig permit hearing set for July 23

A hearing has been set for July 23 for the Port of Seattle and Foss Maritime’s appeal to the City of Seattle’s interpretation that the port needs a new permit to host Shell’s Oil’s rig Polar Pioneer. Representatives from all parties attended a prehearing conference Wednesday with deputy hearing examiner Anne Watanabe to discuss the timeline and to estimate how ...

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Federal agency dings Shell for oil rig mishap in Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters. A National Transportation Safety Board report issued Thursday said the probable cause of the grounding of the company’s mobile drilling vessel, the Kulluk, ...

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Shell vows to explore Arctic despite Seattle protests

LONDON – Royal Dutch Shell will press on with a campaign to explore the Arctic for oil this summer despite protests in the port city of Seattle, chief executive officer Ben van Beurden said on Tuesday. Hundreds of environmental activists have fanned out across the Seattle Bay in recent days to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch company’s rigs from entering the port ...

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