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Shell Alaska Receives Final Permits to Drill
Today, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued the two Applications for Permit to Drill that allow Shell to begin drilling in Alaska.
Shell Drill Rigs Underway, Bound for U.S. Arctic Ocean
The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Shell's two drilling rigs left Dutch Harbor, Alaska today and are headed to the U.S. Arctic Ocean in preparation for exploratory drilling.
Shell's Noble Discoverer Drillship Begins Final Arctic Journey
The FuelFix Blog reports that Shell's Noble Discoverer drilling rig left Dutch Harbor, Alaska and is headed to the Chukchi Sea.
Kent Company Hopes Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer 'Comes Back Every Winter'
The Puget Sound Business Journal discusses the economic impact of the Polar Pioneer on a local business near Seattle.
Shell Places Huge Bet on Arctic Oil Riches
Daniel Gilbert and Sarah Kent of the Wall Street Journal discuss Shell's exploratory drilling plans for the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska.
In the Race to Control the Arctic, the U.S. Lags Behind
Newsweek's Bob Reiss discusses the current state of Arctic oil and gas exploration along with Shell's drilling plans in Alaska.
Port Angeles Cashed In When Shell Oil Rig Visited in Spring
Chris McDaniel of the Peninsula Daily News reports on the economic impact of Shell's Polar Pioneer oil rig that was docked in Port Angeles, Washington this past spring.
Scientist Highlights Importance of Weather Forecasting
Extreme weather and other natural disasters both fascinated and frightened Greg Deemer during his childhood. Today, Greg works as an ocean science specialist for one of Shell Alaska’s contracting partners. He discusses the roles of weather and sea-ice monitoring in Shell’s operations and the value of traditional knowledge.
Shell President Discusses Importance of Protecting Alaska's Environment
Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum spoke with Kelly Evans from CNBC about Shell's commitment to protecting the natural environment in Alaska.
Veteran Has Passion for Safety, Adventure and Her Country
Veteran and Shell logistics employee Michelle Romak shares her pride in serving her country, her love of motorcycles and scuba diving and why safety always comes first.
Second Shell Oil Drilling Rig on its Way to Alaska
The Alaska Dispatch News reported that Shell's second Arctic drilling rig – the Noble Discoverer – left the Port of Everett this morning and is on its way to Alaska.
Arctic Offshore Drilling Hits Home in Barrow, Alaska
High Country News reporter Krista Langlois discusses the impact of offshore oil and gas exploration on Barrow, Alaska.
Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor
KUCB reporter Emily Schwing discusses the economic impact of Shell's presence in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
An Oil Rig Arrives in Alaska, On its Way to the Arctic
NPR reports on Shell's plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska and features commentary from residents of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Shell Heads for Alaska While Awaiting Final Drilling Permits
ABC News reports that one of Shell's offshore oil rigs is on its way to Alaska while the company awaits its final drilling permits.
Shell Ships Call on Homer
The Homer News reports that two of Shell's support vessels for its planned 2015 operations in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska will stop in Homer, Alaska for various inspections.
Shell Flotilla Begins Assembling in Dutch Harbor
The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that numerous vessels in Shell's Arctic fleet are headed to Dutch Harbor, Alaska in preparation for the upcoming drilling season.
Shell’s Noble Discoverer Earns Compliance from USCG for Arctic Campaign
Splash 24/7 reports that the Noble Discoverer, one of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs, received a 'certificate of compliance' from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Shell's Return Brings Changes to Airport in Unalaska
The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Shell has taken numerous steps to ensure it doesn't inconvenience travelers at the Unalaska airport during the upcoming drilling season.
It’s All in the Family
Chad Sorenson and his father, Paul, never imagined they would end up working together. But after successful careers in the education sector, both wanted a new challenge – they found it at Shell Alaska.
Shell Foots Bill to Clean Up Seattle Protesters' Debris
MyNorthwest reports that divers successfully cleaned up the debris left by environmental activists during a May protest in Seattle.
Divers Clean Up Activist Site as Polar Pioneer Leaves
KING 5 Seattle reports that divers successfully cleaned up the debris left by environmental activists at the Port of Seattle.
Shell’s Oil Spill Response Plan Upheld by Court
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) approval of Shell’s Oil Spill Response Plan (OSRP).
Sen. Murkowski Visits Shell’s Arctic-Bound Drilling Rig
In an Offshore Energy Today article, staff reported on U.S. Sen. (R-AK) Lisa Murkowski's recent visit to Shell's Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig.
Shell Pressing Ahead in Chukchi After Setbacks
In a Petroleum News article, reporter Eric Lidji discusses Shell's plans to explore the Burger Prospect in the Chukchi Sea this summer.
Shell Ready to Seize Arctic Drilling Chance
In a Financial Times video, reporter Ed Crooks discusses Shell's exploration plans for the Alaska Arctic.
The U.S. Is Right to Allow Arctic Oil Exploration
A Financial Times editorial discusses the need for energy exploration in the Arctic and why the world will need fossil fuels for the next several decades.
Attempts to Stop Arctic Drilling Hurt Washington's Own Constituents
In a Seattle Times column, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) discusses why businesses in Washington depend on a strong Alaska economy.
Proposed U.S. Arctic Drilling Regs Threaten Economic, Energy Future
Alaska State Sen. Cathy Giessel discusses why the U.S. Department of the Interior's proposed Arctic drilling regulations threaten our economic and energy future.
Shell’s Ann Pickard Presents at World Petroleum Congress Leadership Conference
Shell EVP Ann Pickard presented at the World Petroleum Congress Leadership Conference on Responsibility, Cooperation and Sustainability.
Walker 'Very Impressed' After Touring Shell Rig in Seattle
Today, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker toured Shell's Polar Pioneer oil rig in Seattle and told Channel 2 KTUU in Anchorage, AK that he was 'very impressed.'
Shell Ready to Seize Its Arctic Drilling Chance
Shell EVP Ann Pickard spoke with the Financial Times about the challenges of operating in the Arctic and the region's significant energy potential.
Shell Chief Says Seattle Is Best Offseason Home for Drilling Rig
Seattle Times reporters Hal Bernton and Coral Garnick spoke with Shell’s Ann Pickard about Shell’s plans for offshore oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea.
Skiku/NANANordic Skiing Program Wins Community Leadership Award
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition recently honored Skiku and its sister program NANANordic with the 2015 Community Leadership Award.
Why Alaska’s Iñupiat Are Warming to Offshore Oil Drilling
Craig Welch, a reporter for National Geographic, shares why many of Alaska’s Iñupiat leaders support offshore oil drilling.
Shell Lays Out Its Arctic Plans
Shell EVP Ann Pickard spoke with the Houston Chronicle about Shell's 2015 drilling plans in Alaska during a recent visit to the Polar Pioneer drilling rig.
CLOs Build Connections in Alaska Communities
From Kaktovik to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) serve as representatives and feedback recipients for Shell in Alaska. They help ensure their various communities’ priorities and events are addressed. CLOs work with Shell staff to communicate more effectively with communities and help increase engagement opportunities.
Obama Defends Arctic Drilling Decision
In a press conference held on May 14, 2015, President Barack Obama defended his decision to allow Shell to drill offshore in the Arctic. Timothy Cama, a reporter for The Hill, shares some additional details.
Alaska exploration is long-term game says Shell Oil Pres.
CNBC featured Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum in a segment about exploration in Alaska.
BOEM Conditionally Approves Shell’s 2015 Exploration Plan
On May 11, 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) granted conditional approval of Shell’s Final Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan.
Shell Mom Engineers Balance
Suzanne Moore is a senior drilling engineer based in Anchorage, Alaska. She has worked at Shell in Alaska for nearly two years and also worked at Shell in the Gulf of Mexico. Overall, Suzanne has 18 years of petroleum engineering experience. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Suzanne shared her thoughts on how she achieves success at work and at home – and why family always comes first.
Shell Granted Preliminary Injunction Against Greenpeace
On May 8, 2015, a judge issued a Preliminary Injunction against Greenpeace. A full hearing for a Preliminary Injunction was held on April 28, 2015.
Oil rig brings business boom to Port Angeles
Business owners in Port Angeles, Wash. talk to Dan Cassuto from KING 5 News about the economic benefits stemming from the Polar Pioneer, one of Shell's oil drilling rigs that is anchored outside the city's port.
Shell's Ann Pickard presents at Offshore Technology Conference
Executive Vice President Ann Pickard gave a speech at the Offshore Technology Conference. She spoke with Rex Rock, president of Arctic Iñupiat Offshore.
The changing face of the oil industry in Alaska
Shell Alaska Vice President Laurie Schmidt was featured in an article by the Alaska Dispatch News.
Temporary Restraining Order granted against Greenpeace
A judge granted Shell a Temporary Restraining Order against Greenpeace after protestors boarded a vessel as it was being transported across the Pacific.
Shell seeks injunction against Greenpeace
Shell filed a complaint against Greenpeace and will seek an injunction to bring an end to the boarding that is currently taking place.
Shell-Funded Science Program Receives Arctic Award
The operator and supporting entities of the Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program won the Arctic Technology Conference 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award.
DoI issues Record of Decision, reaffirms Lease Sale 193
The Record of Decision reaffirms Lease Sale 193 and clears the way for BOEM to make a decision on the revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan.
Shell Contributes to NPC Study on Arctic Development
The National Petroleum Council (NPC) released a 2015 study about prudent development in the U.S. Arctic.
North Slope students dig deeper into geology
Many U.S. high schools don’t even offer geology, but for a select group of Alaska students, each summer brings a traveling, hands-on geology lesson.
DeeDee Jonrowe: Another racer fueled by Shell
You may not know the name DeeDee Jonrowe, but she is one of the most popular and respected dog-mushers in the world.
Approval to Begin Initial Drilling Offshore
The Department of Interior has approved preparatory operations in non-oil-bearing zones in the Chukchi Sea
Ongoing Science Programs
Since 2006, Shell has invested more than $60 million pursuing baseline science in the Arctic.
Science in the Arctic
Over 5000 Scientific Studies To Date
Joint Industry Project on Oil Spill Response in Ice
A collaborative effort to enhance Arctic oil spill response.
Shell Alaska Scientist Speaks at Arctic Policy Forum
Dr. Michael Macrander, lead scientist for Shell in Alaska, presented at the Institute of the North’s November Arctic Policy Forum.
Shell Alaska Sponsors Mayor's Education Summit
Laurie Becwar, Shell Alaska's HR Account Manager, participated in the Mayor’s Education Summit in Anchorage.
Shell Signs MOU with NOAA for Sharing of Scientific Data
On August 23, 2011 Shell, alongside ConocoPhillips and Statoil, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to formally share scientific information the companies have worked individually and jointly to collect.
Let's Get Our Economy Moving by Harnessing Alaska's Energy
Oil and gas don’t just fuel cars and airplanes, heat our homes and bring us modern products.
Economic Analysis of Future Offshore Oil and Gas Development
Visit the links below to read the Economic Analysis of Future Offshore Oil and Gas Development.
Shell Alaska Receives Award for Dedication to Science
The Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska’s only combined public aquarium, research facility and ocean wildlife rescue center, honored Shell Alaska with an Alaska Ocean Leadership Award during its Marine Gala, held January 16, 2011.
North Slope Borough, Shell to Collaborate on Science
In an effort to answer key scientific questions and concerns related to exploration and development in Alaska’s outer continental shelf, the North Slope Borough and Shell have entered into a multi-year collaborative science agreement.
Open Water Activities
Shell Proposed Open Water Activities 2009-2010. North Slope Borough Assembly Meeting February 2, 2009.
North Slope Borough Assembly Meeting Feb 2, 2009
Shell Proposed Open Water Activities 2009-2010