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.

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.


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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.” 

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.

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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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

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

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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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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Saudi Oil Wells May Run Dry By 2030

Green Prophet

According to a 150-page report by Citigroup, Saudi Arabian oil could dry up as early as 2030 which is a lot sooner than previously thought. The high consumption of oil in the Gulf nations for air-conditioning and desalination means that oil wells are likely to run dry a lot sooner than expected. That’s the news coming from a report by Citigroup which states that Saudi Arabia could be an oil importer by 2030. Saudi Peak Oil Could Affect World in 2012.

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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.

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.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson sides with Big Oil in Vote for Keystone XL

Sierra Club Compass

Last Friday, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) sided with Big Oil and voted to support the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Senator Nelson has been our top leader in the Senate against expanded oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and he has joined Sierra Club in demanding that BP fully pay the cost of restoring the Gulf and its coastal communities following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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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Why oil and gas companies should buy whales hearing aids

Green Prophet

One of their biggest risks is noise in marine habitats caused by drilling for oil and gas. . Sites of regular oil drilling. Studies made by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found that migrating Western Grey Whales are greatly disturbed by underwater intense seismic sounds produced by oil and gas exploration companies in areas where they often frequent; such as near Sakhalin Island, north of Japan.

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Shell announces plans to drill for Arctic oil this summer

Green Blog

Shell has announced that they intend to revive their oil drilling plans in the Arctic waters of off Alaska. The giant''s chief executive, Ben van Beurden, acknowledge to the BBC that these fossil fuel development plans for the Arctic may “divide society”, but that they are needed to meet increased global demands for oil and gas. It’s estimated that around 24 billion barrels of oil can be extracted from Alaska – potentially being the biggest oil reserve in the world.

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.

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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Ecuador Yasuni Rainforest Under Threat From Oil Below


It also happens to be home to 846 million barrels of oil worth a whopping $7.2 The oil is buried beneath the Yasuni rainforest and the Ecuador government wants to keep it that way. Instead of digging up the oil and creating a revenue for the country, Ecuador has asked the developed world to pay to keep the oil where it is. The oil was found in 2007 and represents around 20% of Ecuador’s oil reserves.

Oil CEO Indicates Arctic Drilling Too Risky

Eco Friendly Daily

However, the region is largely new to shipping, oil drilling and other activities and this combination with the environment, which is fragile, could be disastrous according to numerous studies and concerned environmental groups. The approximations vary depending upon the source regarding the global oil and gas reserves in the Arctic, although they are all significant enough to cause major investments from oil companies globally.

Cairn Energy - Huge Risks and No Oil


On September 13th 2011, Cairn Energy admitted that two more of the wells it has drilled this year off Greenland’s Arctic coast had come up dry. This means it has found no oil off Greenland over the last two years.Reacting to the news that Cairn Energy’s oil drilling has once again come up dry, Greenpeace Campaigner Ben Ayliff said: “Cairn Energy has once again failed to discover any oil, despite taking huge risks with the fragile Arctic environment.

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

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.

Gulf Oil Spills Onto Political Shores

Green Blog

On May 1, most of the oil slick was southeast of the Mississippi Delta. The oil slick appeared as a tangle of dull gray on the ocean surface, made visible to the satellite sensor by the sun’s reflection on the ocean surface. In the wake of such an enormous disaster that is the Gulf Oil spill, an unspeakable crime against living ecosystems, political leaders are getting a jostle. In 1969, a Union Oil Co. I’m thinking the oil industry operates very similarly.

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Center Calls for Arctic, Deepwater Drilling Halt Until New Oil Spill Safety Guidelines Implemented

Green (Living) Review

The Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday called for an immediate stop to offshore drilling in the Arctic and all deepwater drilling until new safety requirements outlined in Tuesday’s national oil spill report are implemented. It also called for the withdrawal of the controversial drilling and leasing approvals that were issued in the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico in the past month as the commission prepared to release its report. TUCSON, Ariz.—

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Obama Offshore Oil Plan Fails to Protect Fragile Arctic, Polar Bears From Drilling

Green (Living) Review

WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced plans on Wednesday to revise the national offshore oil-drilling plan that, while protecting areas off Florida and the Atlantic seaboard, would leave drilling in polar bear critical habitat off Alaska on the table. Secretary Salazar also announced he was moving forward with plans to allow Shell to drill off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next summer.

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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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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

What Does a Terrestrial Oil Spill Look Like? Chevron’s Mess in the Amazon

Eco Chic

A group of people washing their clothes beneath a mass of oil pipelines. Beth Doane has seen the impact of oil spills on communities, first-hand. And unlike the recent oil spill in the Gulf that’s got the world’s attention, Chevron’s negligence in the Ecuadorian Amazon has been ignored for decades, though the sights, smells and impacts are just as incensing as gross pollution can be. Oil pipelines and a pipeline leaking oil into the Amazon.

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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.

Shell’s Rig is Headed to Portland

Sightline Daily

Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second largest company , wants to find oil under the seabed off the coast of Alaska. After a disastrous attempt at Arctic drilling in 2012 , the company has returned this summer to once again try to drill exploratory wells. The ship was on its way to support Shell’s drilling fleet as the company commences putting in two exploratory wells 70 miles off the coast of Alaska. Climate & Energy Oil Oil spill Politics Portland Shell

The energy-independent future that never was

Green Blog

Bernie Sanders, the only democratic socialist in the US Senate, says that the single most important lesson we can learn from the ongoing oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is that drilling is not the answer. Sanders also calls for a stop on offshore drilling and says that the USA must transform its energy system. "Further, This crisis occurred at a time when the United States was considering opening new areas to offshore oil drilling.

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Egypt Slashes Longstanding Gas Deal With Israel

Green Prophet

Meanwhile, new gas and oil drilling explorations and concessions are popping up all over the Western Desert, Sinai, and the Gulf of Suez as Egypt is desperately seeking to provide enough energy for its own people. billion barrels (bbl) of oil and around 66 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, according to Dr. Tarek Selim, whose recent report On Efficient Utilization of Egypt’s Energy Resources: Oil and Natural Gas explores the future of Egypt’s energy supply.

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It's "Dirty Energy Week" in the House of Representatives

Sierra Club Compass

While the Republicans in the House of Representatives are great at making sure almost every week is chock full of terrible legislation that would please their Big Oil and King Coal buddies, this week is their official "Energy Week." It also pushes the Department of the Interior to open up the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration if the State of Alaska supplies matching funds to carry out an exploration program.

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