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  • 11/06/2013 Shell submits Chukchi Sea EP

    Shell submitted revisions to its previously approved Plan of Exploration Wednesday, Nov. 6 to the Department of Interior.

  • 10/31/2013 Shell expects to submit updated EP for Chukchi Sea

    In Shell’s Q3 Earnings Announcement, plans were discussed to continue our exploration program in offshore Alaska.

  • 02/27/2013 Shell announces pause in Alaska drilling program

    Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”) today announced it will pause its exploration drilling activity for 2013 in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas to prepare equipment and plans for a resumption of activity at a later stage.

  • 01/07/2013 Kulluk drilling unit arrives in Kodiak Island safe harbor

    ANCHORAGE, AK - Shell today confirmed its Arctic-class drilling unit, the Kulluk, has been safely towed to a safe harbor on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, where it will undergo a thorough safety assessment before resuming its journey to its winter harbor for repairs and maintenance.

  • 01/07/2013 Kulluk Tow Plan

    With arrival of favorable high tides at Sikalidak Island, recovery crews refloated the Kulluk shortly after 1:00 AM CST today. Shortly afterward the anchor handling vessel Aiviq commenced towing the conical drillship toward safe harbor at Kiliuda Bay about 30 miles to the northeast.

  • 01/06/2013 January 6, 2013 - Kulluk Response

    Ongoing aerial and onboard inspections by recovery and response teams assessing the Kulluk drillship through the weekend confirm the vessel remains firmly aground and stable with no sign of environmental impact and no leakage of the diesel fuel or hydraulic fluid stored onboard the vessel.

  • 01/04/2013 January 4, 2013 - Kulluk Response

    Further aerial and onboard inspections by recovery teams assessing the Kulluk drillship today confirm the vessel remains firmly aground and stable. The teams also report there remains no sign of environmental impact and no leakage of the diesel fuel or hydraulic fluid stored in strong tanks onboard the vessel.

  • 01/04/2013 January 4, 2013 - Kulluk Response

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, January 4, 2013 – The assessment of Shell’s Kulluk drillship continued today as calmer weather conditions allowed a recovery team to board the grounded vessel for a second time to continue a detailed evaluation of its condition. The recovery team again spent several hours onboard and was able to reconfirm the Kulluk is firmly aground and is stable.

  • 01/02/2013 Recovery Assessment Team Safely Boards Drilling Unit

    A team of six salvage experts boarded the grounded drilling unit Kulluk earlier today to conduct a structural assessment to be used to finalize salvage plans, currently being developed by the Kulluk Tow Incident Unified Command.

  • 01/02/2013 Flyovers planned to assess Kulluk condition

    The Unified Command plans multiple flyovers today to assess the condition of the Conical Drill Unit (CDU) Kulluk that remains grounded but stable near Sitkalidak Island located on the north edge of Ocean Bay.

  • 01/02/2013 Senator Murkowski briefed on Kulluk Tow Incident

    Anchorage, AK – The Unified Command met with Senator Lisa Murkowski on January 1, 2013, to discuss the priorities and challenges associated with the Kulluk Tow Incident response.

  • 01/01/2013 January 1, 2013 - Kulluk Response

    We deeply appreciate the professional and effective response of the responders from the U.S. Coast Guard, Shell, Noble, Edison Chouest and many other organizations who worked together seamlessly at sea and under extreme weather conditions to control the vessel, rescue the crew on board, and prevent injury and environmental impact.

  • 01/01/2013 Unified Command update 14

    The Kulluk grounded on the southeast shoreline of Sitkalidak Island (between the north edge of Ocean Bay and Partition Cove) at approximately 9 p.m. on December 31, 2012. The shoreline of Partition Cove is primarily comprised of mixed sand and gravel beaches.

  • 01/01/2013 Kulluk stable, no signs of fuel

    A U.S. Coast Guard flyover of the Conical Drill Unit (CDU) Kulluk indicated the vessel remains grounded but stable near Sitkalidak Island (north edge of Ocean Bay). The flight crew’s aerial inspection found no signs of a fuel spill from the vessel.

  • 12/31/2012 Unified Command Update #13

    Unified Command has released update #13 regarding the Kulluk Response.

  • 10/31/2012 Shell Concludes 2012 Drilling Program

    Following several weeks of safe, successful drilling at Shell’s offshore Alaska prospects, Shell has concluded its 2012 exploratory drilling programs in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

  • 10/12/2012 Arctic Containment System Receives Certification

    On Thursday, October 11, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it granted certification for the Arctic Challenger containment vessel.

  • 10/03/2012 Shell Begins Drilling In Beaufort Sea

    With the conclusion of the fall Kaktovik whale hunt and in accord with the Conflict Avoidance Agreement (CAA) signed by Shell and the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC), exploratory drilling at Shell’s prospect in the Beaufort Sea has commenced.

  • 09/20/2012 Drilling in Beaufort Sea Approved

    Earlier today, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that Shell is now permitted to move forward with initial drilling activities in the Beaufort Sea.

  • 09/17/2012 Royal Dutch Shell Alaska drilling update

    Royal Dutch Shell (“Shell”) is engaged in a multi-year drilling programme to explore for new oil & gas resources in high-potential blocks in offshore Alaska. Important progress has been made with this programme, with two drill ships, more than twenty support vessels, an approved capping stack, and other redundant oil spill response equipment already in position. Shell continues to demonstrate the strength and extent of its Arctic preparations.

  • 09/10/2012 Drillship Discoverer Moves Off Burger Well

    As a precautionary measure and in accordance with our approved Chukchi Sea Ice Management Plan, Shell has made the decision to temporarily move off the Burger-A well to avoid potentially encroaching sea ice.

  • 09/09/2012 Shell begins drilling in the Chukchi Sea

    Shell is pleased to announce today, September 9 2012, that crews aboard the Noble Discoverer began drilling at Shell’s “Burger” prospect in the Chukchi Sea.

  • 08/30/2012 Top Holes - Chukchi Sea exploration

    Wells, like houses, begin with a foundation. In the Arctic, the foundational well -- also called a top hole - starts with a 20-by-40 foot area excavated into the seafloor called the mud-line cellar.

  • 08/30/2012 Approval to Begin Initial Drilling Offshore

    The Department of Interior has approved preparatory operations in non-oil-bearing zones in the Chukchi Sea

  • 08/27/2012 Drillship Discoverer Departs Dutch Harbor

    On August 25, 2012, the drillship Noble Discoverer departed Dutch Harbor for the waters of the Chukchi Sea.

  • 08/24/2012 Coexisting with Subsistence Whaling

    The Inupiat communities on the North Slope of Alaska have been harvesting whales for centuries. Shell has learned how important this process is for the local people from both a subsistence hunting and cultural perspective.

  • 08/22/2012 Geoscience comes alive for Alaskan youth

    Students learn about Alaska geology through week-long GeoFORCE trip

  • 08/22/2012 Arctic Innovation - Learn About Drill Rig Mooring

    More than 50 years of experience in the Arctic and 33 wells drilled in Alaska have prepared Shell to operate safely in this remote region.

  • 08/21/2012 Drill Rig Kulluk Departs Dutch Harbor

    On August 20, 2012, the Conical Drilling Unit (CDU) Kulluk departed Dutch Harbor for the waters of the Beaufort Sea.

  • 07/30/2012 Ongoing Science Programs

    Since 2006, Shell has invested more than $60 million pursuing baseline science in the Arctic.

  • 07/19/2012 Divers Confirm Noble Discoverer Did Not Run Aground

    Divers have confirmed the Noble Discoverer did not run aground after slipping anchor in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

  • 07/19/2012 Shell not involved in spoof video and fake advertisements

    Journalists, blog readers and YouTube viewers have recently been targeted with scams launched by organizations opposed to energy exploration in Alaska.

  • 07/15/2012 Drillship Drifts While Anchored Near Dutch Harbor

    On July 14, 2012, while anchored off the coast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the Noble Discoverer drill ship drifted toward land.

  • 07/14/2012 Shell Alaska Summer 2012 Newsletter Available

    Message from Pete Slaiby; Shell Eco Marathon; Vessel Naming Contest Winners Announced; Shell Alaska Offshore Drilling and Support Vessels; Shell Alaska on Facebook and Twitter

  • 07/03/2012 NAC Leases Space for Charter Passenger Terminal

    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is pleased to announce that Northern Air Cargo has entered in to a lease agreement for aeronautical use of space at the former Kulis Air National Guard base...for the use of their client, Shell Alaska Exploration.

  • 06/27/2012 Explorers in Profile: Tom Homza

    Meet Tom Homza, Staff Geologist, UAX/A/E, based in Anchorage, Alaska and learn why he's very happy to be there.

  • 06/27/2012 Shell Drill Rigs Depart for Alaska Waters

    On Wednesday, June 27, the Noble Discoverer and the Kulluk conical drilling unit departed Seattle, Washington to make the journey to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. A portion of the associated drilling fleet departed at approximately the same time.

  • 06/25/2012 Shell Deploys Capping Stack for BSEE

    On Monday, June 25, 2012, members of Shell’s well delivery group, along with inspectors from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) witnessed the deployment of the capping stack that will join Shell’s drilling fleet in Alaska.

  • 05/30/2012 Bob Reiss guest column featured on Forbes.com

    I never figured I’d end up siding with the oil company. When I started research on “The Eskimo and The Oil Man” – a book following the battle over offshore oil in the rapidly opening U.S. Arctic – in 2010, I saw no reason to change my mind. I’m green.

  • 05/30/2012 Why Shell is betting billions to drill for oil in Alaska

    This summer, the energy giant will begin exploring off the icy coast of Alaska.

  • 05/29/2012 A Frontier of Opportunity

    Learn more on how Shell’s plans for the Alaska Offshore are creating jobs and stimulating the economy across the country.

  • 05/18/2012 Shell asks Dr. Robert Day

    A Question and Answer Session with Scientist Dr. Robert Day on the Joint Studies Program for the Chukchi Sea.

  • 05/02/2012 Shell Receives Final Incidental Harassment Authorizations

    On May 2, 2012, NMFS awarded Shell final IHA’s for its planned 2012 exploration programs in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

  • 04/18/2012 Harvey Gulf and Shell Vessel Tour

    Rita Ramoth, winner of the Harvey Gulf International Marine (Harvey Gulf) and Shell Vessel naming competition, was accompanied by her Aunt Janet Mitchell and Shell Communications Specialist Michelle Malerich for a three day trip to New Orleans including a tour of the city and of the vessel “Sisuaq”.

  • 04/14/2012 New Program and Study Outlines Capabilities

    New Joint Industry Programme and American Petroleum Institute study outlines spill response capabilities in the Arctic Offshore.

  • 03/30/2012 Shell Clears Last Air Permitting Hurdle

    Kulluk Air Permit Upheld by Environmental Appeals Board

  • 03/28/2012 BSEE Approves Shell's Oil Spill Response Plan

    On March 28, 2012, the BSEE approved Shell’s Oil Spill Response (OSR) Plan for the Beaufort Sea.

  • 03/24/2012 Shell Takes Delivery of New Ice Class Vessel

    MV Aiviq Ready to Support Shell’s 2012 Drilling Program in Beaufort, Chukchi Seas

  • 03/08/2012 Rita Ramoth takes the top-prize

    Winner Announced in Shell/Harvey Gulf International Marine Vessel Naming Competition

  • 03/02/2012 Shell Plus DeeDee Equals Pure Energy

    Musher DeeDee Jonrowe runs on pure energy, including on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

  • 02/29/2012 Shell Takes Action to Accelerate Court Consideration

    Shell Files Declaratory Judgment Action

  • 02/17/2012 BSSE Approves Shell's Oil Spill Response Plan

    The Department of Interior's BSEE approves Shell’s Oil Spill Response Plan for the Chukchi Sea

  • 02/15/2012 Offshore Alaska Exploration Vessels

    Shell plans to conduct its exploration drilling program using the Kulluk and Discoverer drill rigs. In addition, a variety of vessels will be used in support of the exploration drilling operations. Learn more about the vessels associated with Shell’s exploration program.

  • 02/06/2012 Science in the Arctic

    Over 5000 Scientific Studies To Date

  • 01/27/2012 Joint Industry Project on Oil Spill Response in Ice

    A collaborative effort to enhance Arctic oil spill response.

  • 01/12/2012 Shell Air Permits Upheld by Environmental Appeals Board

    The Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) denied all petitions for review of Shell’s Noble Discoverer OCS air permits.

  • 01/07/2012 What Others Are Saying

    USA Today Editorial Proceed with caution in Alaska

  • 01/06/2012 Global teacher exchange; North Slope of AK

    What do teacher from Scotland and Alaska have in Common? Turns out a lot. Learn more about the Polar Pairs Teacher Exchange in Alaska in fall 2011.

  • 01/06/2012 Village Voice Meets

    Great attendance at bi-annual meeting of the Shell sponsored Village Voice Board. The board is a group of local leaders from the North Slope villages who are working to help build capacity in their communities.

  • 01/04/2012 Shell responds to PEW advertising campaign

    PEW’s campaign in opposition of Shell’s plans to drill in the Alaska offshore: Are we really ready to drill in the Arctic?

  • 12/17/2011 BOEM Conditionally Approves Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan

    On December 16, 2011 the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) met its statutory deadline and announced it has conditionally approved Shell’s Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan (EP) for operations beginning in 2012.

  • 12/17/2011 3rd Science Compendium, Marine Mammals

    Shell’s compendium series focuses on the science of the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf - Marine Mammals of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

  • 12/16/2011 Arctic Ready - Part 5

    Head north and learn more about Shell’s 5-year, $4 Billion investment in a world-class Arctic program.

  • 12/16/2011 Arctic Ready - Part 4

    Head north and learn more about Shell’s 5-year, $4 Billion investment in a world-class Arctic program.

  • 12/16/2011 Arctic Ready - Part 3

    Head north and learn more about Shell’s 5-year, $4 Billion investment in a world-class Arctic program.

  • 12/16/2011 Arctic Ready - Part 2

    Head north and learn more about Shell’s 5-year, $4 Billion investment in a world-class Arctic program.

  • 12/16/2011 Arctic Ready - Part 1

    Head north and learn more about Shell’s 5-year, $4 Billion investment in a world-class Arctic program.

  • 12/09/2011 Winner of Ice Breaker Naming Contest

    Edison Chouest and Shell Congratulate 12 year old Elizabeth Itta from Trapper School in Nuiqsut, 1st prize submission of the name Aiviq, meaning Walrus.

  • 12/09/2011 Shell Launches New Oil Spill Response Animation

    Shell has developed unprecedented Arctic oil spill response contingency plans. This animation shows the plan in action for the unlikely worst case discharge scenario in the Beaufort Sea.

  • 12/07/2011 Shell Participates in Alaska State Lease Sale

    Shell participates in the AK State Department of Natural Resources (ADNR), Division of Oil & Gas (DO&G), public lease sale for oil & gas in the Beaufort Sea

  • 12/05/2011 Take Action! Expand Access to Offshore Drilling

    Next week, U.S. Dept of the Interior (DOI) officials will be in cities across the Gulf Coast & Alaska, as well as Washington, DC, to accept comments on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed 2012-2017 OCS Oil & Gas Leasing Plan. Your attendance and participation is needed!

  • 11/29/2011 Getting the Facts Straight

    Recently, in a public letter from senior attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the NRDC made claims that Shell’s plans for exploration offshore Alaska do not include the proper safety protocols and response plans required for drilling in the Arctic. Furthermore, the NRDC claims that Shell would be unable to contain a blowout in the region and would, in turn, negatively impact local communities and wildlife. This is false – learn why.

  • 11/21/2011 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.

  • 11/21/2011 Shell Alaska Sponsors Mayor's Education Summit

    Laurie Becwar, Shell Alaska's HR Account Manager, participated in the Mayor’s Education Summit in Anchorage.

  • 11/18/2011 Getting the Facts Straight

    Recently, Greenpeace insinuated in a public release that Shell’s aspirations for offshore Alaska are somehow linked to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

  • 11/17/2011 BOEM Deems 2012 Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan Submitted

    Today’s announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that Shell’s 2012 Chukchi Sea Plan of Exploration has been deemed submitted is welcome news and adds to our confidence that we will be drilling our Alaska leases next summer.

  • 11/15/2011 What Others Are Saying

    Begich urges Salazar to release review schedule/timeline for Shell in Chukchi Sea

  • 10/05/2011 Offshore 101

    A popular belief is that oil comes from dead dinosaurs. It doesn’t.

  • 10/03/2011 Shell and Habitat for Humanity, Anchorage, Alaska

    Dark, rainy skies opened to beautiful rays of sunshine last Friday morning as nearly a dozen Shell Alaska employees volunteered to help build a home in Habitat for Humanity’s Oklahoma Commons job site in East Anchorage.

  • 09/23/2011 Shell Comments on USGS Report

    In June 2011 the Report entitled An Evaluation of the Science Needs to Inform Decisions on Outer Continental Shelf Energy Development in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Alaska was released to Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar by the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • 09/22/2011 Shell and the United Way Day of Caring

    Several members of Shell’s staff in the Anchorage office spent Wednesday September 14th giving back to the community during United Way’s Day of Caring.

  • 09/05/2011 Alaska Oil & Gas Association (AOGA) comments on air permit

    In a letter to the Regional Administrator, AOGA urged EPA to support Shell’s air permit for the Kulluk Drillship.

  • 08/23/2011 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.

  • 08/18/2011 Developing Arctic resources safely and responsibly

    See the webchat hosted by Robert Blaauw, Lead for Shell’s Global Arctic Theme

  • 08/04/2011 Shell Submits Letter to BOEMRE

    Shell submitted a letter dated August 3, 2011 to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement clarifying Shell’s commitments to the highest standards for its Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) proposed operations. The letter is intended to provide information to help answer any questions or comments received from the public.

  • 07/12/2011 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.

  • 06/21/2011 Call to Action!

    Visit the Consumer Energy Alliance website to make your voice heard.

  • 05/12/2011 Shell Submits Chukchi Sea Plan of Exploration

    This afternoon, Shell submitted a Plan of Exploration that details company plans to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea beginning in 2012.

  • 05/05/2011 Shell Submits Exploration Plan for Camden Bay

    Chukchi Plan of Exploration Soon to Follow

  • 04/20/2011 Mythbusting in Alaska

    Although Alaska has a history of offshore exploration and production, the exact activities associated with offshore development are often misunderstood.

  • 04/14/2011 Physical Oceanography

    Science of the U.S. Arctic OCS Volume 2: Physical Oceanography Released

  • 04/08/2011 Community Open Houses

    Shell recently visited multiple villages in the North Slope Borough and Northwest Arctic Borough regions to discuss plans for future drilling programs.

  • 03/04/2011 Analysis of Future Offshore Oil and Gas Development

    Visit the links below to read the Economic Analysis of Future Offshore Oil and Gas Development.

  • 02/03/2011 Shell to Forgo 2011 Drilling in Alaska

    Shell announced today it will forgo a 2011 drilling program in Alaska and will use the remainder of the calendar year to work with regulators to obtain the permits needed for a 2012 exploratory drilling campaign.

  • 01/20/2011 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.

  • 10/28/2010 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.

  • 09/23/2010 Water Based Drilling Muds and Cuttings

    Fates and Effects of Water Based Drilling Muds and Cuttings in Cold-Water Environments

  • 07/26/2010 Community Open House - Nuiqsut, Kaktovik, Barrow

    Shell visited Nuiqsut, Kaktovik and Barrow in late September to discuss plans for the 2011 drilling program. Discussions included an overview of the drilling program as well as new and traditional oil spill contingency plans.

  • 04/09/2010 Shell Announces Changes To Alaska Venture

    Anchorage Office Adds Personnel - A familiar face moves on