Shell to export Arctic oil drilling failures

Kulluk aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island on 1 January 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg

According to multiple media reports, today Shell and Russian company Gazprom Neft will sign an agreement on strategic partnership on the development of hydrocarbons in the Russian Arctic offshore. The expected agreement coincides with the visit of president Putin to the Netherlands on the 8th of April. “This move is of great concern,” says Mikhail Babenko of WWF. “Shell has repeatedly demonstrated in its activities last year in the Alaskan offshore that it does not have the capacity required to safely drill for oil in the Arctic. It would simply…

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Shell calls off Arctic drilling for 2013, decision only a pause

Kulluk aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island on 1 January 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg

ANCHORAGE, Alaska/ February 28, 2013 — Shell Oil announced yesterday that it will not drill for oil in the Arctic off Alaska this year. The oil giant had planned to drill several exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Several setbacks, including the grounding of its Kulluk drilling rig, failure of its oil spill response containment dome and the Coast Guard’s discovery of numerous safety violations on its Noble Discoverer drilling rig, prompted Shell to delay its plans. “Although Shell calls this simply a ‘pause’ in its plans for…

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