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Opinion: Obama’s OK of Arctic oil drilling surprises environmental groups

Someone must have spliced some of Sarah Palin’s “drill, baby, drill,” DNA into President Barack Obama for his administration to willingly grant even conditional approval for Shell Gulf of Mexico to drill for oil off the Alaskan coast this summer. It’s like a solar energy manufacturer deciding to open a gasoline station in its front lot. The Obama administration shift ...

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Company: Giant oil rig to be towed to Seattle this week

SEATTLE — A giant floating oil rig currently anchored off Port Angeles, Washington, will be towed to Seattle this week despite the Seattle mayor’s assertion that the Port of Seattle can’t host the rig until it gets a new land-use permit, a Royal Dutch Shell spokesman said Monday. In an email, Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said the 400-foot-long Polar Pioneer ...

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The debate over Arctic drilling – what’s at stake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Seattle’s mayor and environmentalists have vowed to block Royal Dutch Shell PLC from parking two Arctic offshore drilling rigs on Seattle’s waterfront, an effort to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The U.S. Geological Survey estimates Arctic offshore reserves at 26 billion ...

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Shell seeks injunction against Arctic drilling protesters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge on Tuesday will consider a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for an injunction against illegal boarding of Arctic-bound drilling equipment by activists from Greenpeace Inc. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on April 11 granted Shell a restraining order to keep Greenpeace from entering a safety zone around a semi-submersible drill rig, the ...

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Arctic Ocean shoal declared off-limits to oil drilling

ANCHORAGE — A plateau on the Arctic Ocean floor, where thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise pups, has received new protections from the Obama administration that recognize it as a biological hot spot and mark it off-limits to future oil drilling. But the announcement from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell triggered an uproar from Alaska leaders, angry that ...

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Noble in $12.2 mln settlement with DOJ over Alaska drilling

HOUSTON, Dec 8 – Drilling contractor Noble Corporation PLC on Monday said it paid $12.2 million to settle felony charges by the U.S. Department of Justice related to safety, environmental and record keeping violations on vessels in Arctic waters off Alaska in 2012. During 2012, the Noble Discoverer drillship experienced numerous problems with its main propulsion system, including its main ...

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