Shell suspends Arctic oil drilling for the year

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) February 27, 2013 Royal Dutch Shell announced that it was setting "pause" on its exploratory drilling activities in the Arctic for 2013. Shell's operations are currently under review by the federal government after the oil company suffered numerous setbacks during last year's opening attempt to drill exploratory wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, including running its drilling rig aground on Sitkalidak Island in southern Alaska in late December.

What is a California beach town willing to pay to avoid oil drilling?

Environmental Economics

I can't resist: On Tuesday, the residents of Hermosa Beach are going to vote yet again on an oil and gas drilling initiative — whether to allow a contract with the energy company E&B Natural Resources Management to proceed despite a current drilling ban. A vote to block the drilling would come at an unusual cost: $17.5 But if it gets us out of this constant, constant oil issue we’ve had hanging over us for 30 years, I think it’s money well spent.” 


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Low Oil Prices = Less Oil Drilling

Sightline Daily

A few years back, when most oil industry analysts thought that oil prices would remain in the $100-per-barrel range for the foreseeable future, domestic oil companies found that they could earn a healthy profit by fracking “ tight oil ” out of shale rock formations. But starting in the summer of 2014, global oil prices began to collapse. North Dakota oil drilling collapsed after oil prices fell.

Opposition to Oil Drilling Begins to Boil in South Florida

Sierra Club Compass

The Florida Chapter's Panther Critical Habitat Campaign is partnering with Preserve our Paradise to stop Big Oil from leaving its dirty footprints all over Golden Gate Estates in Naples, where a Texas-based oil company wants to drill an area just one mile from the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and within 1,000 feet of residences. Hughes Company leased over 100,000 acres at the Naples site and submitted a drilling proposal.

Beware of Deep Sea Oil Drilling


This is a story told by US photographer John Wathen who bore witness to the Gulf of Mexico deep sea oil disaster. Its helpful for any of us who are threatened by deep sea oil drilling-everywhere.

Bo Derek Leads Campaign Against Oil Drilling in Amazon’s Yasuni National Park


The actress/activist is now the ambassador in the campaign against oil drilling in Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, part of the Amazon rainforest. Last month, we told you about Bo Derek joining in the fight against the shark fin trade, calling it a “global environmental crisis.” ” Now, she is leading another environmental cause.

Obama Plan Extends Highly Risky Offshore Oil Drilling


The Obama administration announced plans on Thursday to dramatically expand offshore oil drilling, including in the Arctic and the heart of critical habitat for polar bears. The plan will also expand high-risk, ultra-deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which is still suffering the effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil.

Obama Plan Extends Highly Ricky Offshore Oil Drilling


The Obama administration announced plans on Thursday to dramatically expand offshore oil drilling, including in the Arctic and the heart of critical habitat for polar bears. The plan will also expand high-risk, ultra-deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which is still suffering the effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil.

Salazar approved arctic oil drilling plan as he prepared keynote at Copenhagen

Green (Living) Review

plan to drill for oil off Alaska's northwest coast as early as next summer. In a move revealing of the US agenda at Copenhagen, the Department of the Interior has endorsed drilling for fossil fuels in the climate-effected ecosystems of the Arctic, where global warming already impacts Alaska Natives and entire villages are in danger of losing their lands and way of life.

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park Challenge -Succeeds in Creating a Crowdsourcing Model to Prevent Oil Drilling


Ecuador challenged the world to provide sufficient resource to the country such that it would not need to develop the oil reserves beneath Yasuni National Park, and it could leave its forests untouched. The park is home to two tribes of uncontacted Indians and is reputed to have more bird, mammal, amphibian and plant species than any other spot on earth Ecuador agreed to halt plans to drill the oilfield if, over a 13-year period, it could raise 50 per cent of the $US7.6

Price of Oil Leads to More Off Shore Drilling

Eco Auto Ninja

Following the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, the Obama Administration put a temporary halt to approving any new deep water oil drilling operations until a system was in place that would prevent a similar incident from ever happening. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar has opened up the deep waters for oil drilling with a new set of safety regulations. Government / Industry BP oil spill Offshore oil drilling

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Newly Discovered 600-Mile Coral Reef Under Oil Threat.

Elephant Journal

The confirmation astonished oil companies, scientists, and environmentalists as corals normally thrive in clear, sunlit, salt water. Z ADMIN Green Featured Today Alex Myles BP climate change coral reef environment green oil oil drilling totalThe wat. Enlightened Society Green Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only.

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Total Oil Says Oil Drilling in Arctic is Too Risky -Shell Decides Money More Important


Energy companies should not drill for crude oil in Arctic waters because the environmental risks are too high, Total SA Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie told the Financial Times on Wednesday. The risk of an oil spill in such an environmentally sensitive area was simply too high, according to de Margerie. Oil on Greenland would be a disaster.

What is Fracking?

Green Home Blog

This is the practice of disengaging domestic oil and natural gas, known as ‘shale’ oil or gas, due to it being in-between deep seated rock that was long thought of as impossible to recover. The ability to use horizontal drilling mechanisms that were recently acquired by the oil companies is the basic brainchild of fracking. It begins with vertically drilling into sideways rock, then small explosives are placed and remotely detonated. What is Fracking?

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Lego ditches deal with Shell over Greenpeace oil spill video

Green Prophet

Lego announced a break in its 50-year partnership with Royal Dutch Shell, a split sparked by an anti-Arctic drilling video produced by environmental activists Greenpeace. It incited a million email complaints to the toy maker and pulled in the same number of signatures to the Greenpeace anti-drilling petition. As effective as the Lego campaign has been, it won’t stop Arctic drilling. Business Energy Arctic oil drilling Climate Change greenpeace sea ice

TIMELINE: Shell's Year of Arctic Screwups | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

1, 2013 3:06 AM PST Tweet James.Stringer/Flickr; ReneS/Flickr Last August, Shell got a long-awaited go-ahead from US regulators to begin exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic. Its a potential gold mine for the company— up to a fifth of the worlds untapped oil resources are in the Arctic. Arctic 1, Shell Oil 0, for 2012 Season The season unfolded badly and the oil giants $4.5 Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, October 17

Conservancy Talk

The home to nearly a quarter of endangered mountain gorillas seems like a great place to drill for oil, right? Welp, the shutdown is over. Any lasting effects in the science world? We’re here to report. The world’s largest fast food enterprise is taking a green step forward in the world of trash. Environment News Service ). The damaging effects to science because of the government shutdown will continue to last. Scientific American ).

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LWCF Funding: A Hidden Gem in the President’s Budget

Conservancy Talk

While many Americans may not recognize its name, the Land and Water Conservation Fund was created by Congress in 1965 to direct a portion of federal offshore oil and gas receipts to acquire national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and historic sites (including civil war battlefields and places like the Flight 93 Memorial), and to provide matching grants to states and local governments to buy conservation and recreation land and to construct facilities for outdoor recreation.

Lucy Lawless Fights Deep Sea Drilling


The actress is urging people to sign a Greenpeace petition to fight deep sea oil drilling off the coast of New Zealand (where Lawless is from). When it comes to fighting for the environment, Lucy Lawless is a real-life warrior princess. The petition, which calls for using clean energy and ending coal industry expansion, already [.]. Causes Environment lucy lawless

The Threat to the Amazon’s birds

10,000 Birds

Oil extraction near Napo River a. The latest news from IUCN Redlist regarding birds is not good. The risk of extinction for Amazonian birds has increased substantially: 07 June 2012 The risk of extinction has increased substantially for nearly 100 species of Amazonian birds, reveals the 2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ update for birds released today by BirdLife International.

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Dutch Court Grants Greenpeace Right to Stage Peaceful Protests Against Shell


Royal Dutch Shell has failed in its bid to win a sweeping injunction against two offices of Greenpeace, a setback to the company’s attempt to end protests by the environmental group over Arctic oil drilling.

When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers

10,000 Birds

There are owls in New York City. Big owls: Barred Owls on Riverside Drive and down the path from Harlem Meer, a Great Horned Owl in Central Park’s Ramble.

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Your organic fruits and veggies might have been irrigated with fracking wastewater

Green (Living) Review

But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells — a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California. As I reported last month , oil companies last year supplied half the water that went to the 45,000 acres of farmland in Kern County’s Cawelo Water District, farmland that is owned, in part, by Sunview, a company that sells certified organic raisins and grapes.

Birds of the United States (and Provinces) of (North) America

10,000 Birds

Oil drilling on Alaska’s North Shore suddenly feels personal. We birders have a different perspective of the world from most other people. To us, borders seem much more porous, and somewhat less real.

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Greenpeace Boards Nordica in Campaign to Show Perils of Arctic Drilling


In an effort to prevent destructive oil drilling in the Arctic, dozens of Greenpeace Nordic activists have boarded and occupied a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki harbour as it prepared to leave for the Alaskan Arctic. Greenpeace is calling on the oil giant Shell to abandon its controversial plans to open up the fragile Arctic for oil drilling.

Israel to Drill for Oil in Underwater Nature Reserve Illuminates Schizophrenic Government Policies

Green Prophet

An absurd situation where one ministry approves the marine reserve and and another gives a license for oil drilling. While Israel’s part of the Mediterranean Sea has proven to have a bounty of natural gas reserves – ones that could make it energy independent for 100 years (according to reports I’ve read), prospectors are now drilling deeper, because where’s there’s gas, there is often oil.

Brockham: letters reveal oil firm warned at least twice it didn't have planning permission to drill new side-track well

Green (Living) Review

A row over unauthorised oil drilling in Brockham, Surrey [1] continues as newly obtained documents confirm the oil and gas company Angus Energy was warned by Surrey County Council as far back as September 2016 that it would need planning permission to drill a new well on site. Angus Energy has openly admitted that it drilled a new side-track well earlier this year but claims the work was covered by existing planning permission [2].

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TBT: The second Earth Day post at this blog (10 years ago today)

Environmental Economics

" The top five myths are 1) "Economic growth harms the environment," 2) "Emissions are devastating America's air quality," 3) "The evils of oil can easily be replaced with renewable energy," 4) "Humans will die of thirst, in the future we will have no more freshwater [sic]," 5) "America is losing its last pristine forest lands," 6) "40,000 species go extinct every year." " "Oil is the lifeblood of the American economy."

Sightline on Shell’s Presence in Oregon

Sightline Daily

For those following the controversy of Shell’s Arctic drilling program, here’s a look at the role of Northwest ports—first Seattle, now Portland —in hosting the oil drilling fleet vessels: a 45-minute interview on KBOO , a community radio station based in Portland. Climate & Energy Oil Portland Seattle ShellsHellNo! by Backbone Campaign used under CC BY 2.0

Greenpeace boats violently rammed by Spanish Navy during peaceful protest, one activist hospitalised

Green Blog

Two Greenpeace activist have been injured following a peaceful demonstration against oil drilling in the waters off the Canary Islands. It''s another reminder of the lengths governments will go to protect the oil industry from peaceful protesters." Greenpeace were protesting against controversial drilling plans just outside the waters of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, two of the Canary Islands.

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Beluga Whales from Alaska Oil and Gas Drilling


Endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales are threatened by oil drilling and exploration, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Native Village of Chickaloon, Center for Water Advocacy and Center for Biological Diversity. “Oil and

Kiwis Arrested by Armed Russian Coast Guard on Peaceful Greenpeace Protest ship


The Russian Coast Guard has boarded the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise and arrested the 25 activists on board, including two New Zealanders, following a protest against Gazprom’s Arctic oil drilling operations. The names of the arrested crew have not been released yet due to legal reasons. At the time of the boarding, the Arctic Sunrise was circling Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform at the three nautical mile limit, inside international waters.

There are a number of ways to fulfill your campaign promise of $2-a-gallon gas

Environmental Economics

" She doesn't say how she'll make it happen, but she's a big proponent of more domestic oil drilling. drilling deeper and farther out) and new technology. Also, most all of these things would need to occur world-wide since the oil market is global. From USAToday : Rep. Michele Bachmann is promising to get the price of gasoline back below $2 a gallon if she is elected president. "The

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Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise detained in Spain following oil protest

Green Blog

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation in Spain has detained the Arctic Sunrise, a ship operated by Greenpeace International, while an investigation is completed into the peaceful anti-oil drilling protest, which took place in the waters off Canary Islands this past weekend. In a statement, Greenpeace says they find this response “to a peaceful protest against dangerous oil drilling” to be both “unnecessary and disproportionate.”

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Polar Ice Melt Enables Crew to Row to Magnetic North Pole

Wend Magazine

This, of course, lends itself to considerations of oil drilling and opens up shipping routes through the North-West passage. Global climate change is melting sea ice in the Arctic ocean–making more of the sea accessible than ever before. But Polar ice melt also opens up the possibility for adventurers to row to the magnetic North Pole.

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"Obama Marks Anniversary of BP Disaster"

Environmental Economics

I burned one of my NYTimes freebies on this one, from the blog formerly known as Green: One year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico because of a runaway oil well. The accident killed 11 rig workers and spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the gulf, the biggest maritime oil spill in United States history.

Piracy Charges Laid Against Greenpeace People


The Russian state prosecutor today laid charges of piracy against a Greenpeace activist who protested against oil drilling in the Arctic. A freelance videographer has also been charged with piracy, which carries a maximum 15 year jail sentence. It is an extreme and disproportionate charge. Charges are expected to be brought against other Greenpeace campaigners over the coming hours and days.

Greenpeace"Motley Crew" Ship Sets Sail to Protect Fragile Arctic


“The Arctic Ocean is at threat from climate change, oil drilling and destructive fishing. The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise will depart on Friday for a month-long expedition in the icy Arctic as part of the environment group’s new campaign to save the pristine region.

NZ Goes to the Polls Tomorrow


There is also some real opposition to National's support for oil drilling and for fracking. New Zealanders go to the polls tomorrow and it looks like John Key will bring the National Party through despite the fact that their policy on state asset sales has a lot of opposition. For those of you who are overseas and missing it all, here's the closing address for the Greens Party who may make history tomorrow with a record number of MPs in Parliament.

WATCH: Greenpeace Activists Arrested For Climbing Aboard Oil Rig


With 50,000 signatures in hand, they hopped into an inflatable boat off of the organization’s ship, the Esperanza, then climbed the ladder into the oil rig. The activists, one being Kumi Naidoo , the head of Greenpeace International , then climbed aboard and presented the petition to the master of the oil rig while demanding that the drilling be stopped. The petition asks to see the oil rigs emergency response plan.

Touchy-feely nonsense like the environment?

Environmental Economics

Respondents are asked hypothetical questions like, “How much would you pay to preserve a seashore view from oil drilling?” Usually I'm a big fan of Ironman at Political Calculations. I've

Eight More Detained in Russia After Arctic Oil Protest


The eight will join 22 others, including a freelance videographer and freelance photographer, detained on Thursday following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling. A further eight Greenpeace International activists have been detained for two months in Russia pending an investigation into possible charges of piracy.

Greenpeace International Ship Nears Murmansk Port as 30 Activists Await Possible Charges


The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is close to arriving in the port of Murmansk after being boarded by Russian authorities last week following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling. The ship arrived under tow in the fjord near Murmansk around 10:00 local time this morning accompanied by a tug boat and the Russian Coast Guard vessel Ladoga, following Thursday’s boarding by armed security forces.