Oil exploration http://www.kplu.org en Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks http://www.kplu.org/post/promise-arctic-conference-points-opportunities-and-risks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arctic is getting hotter faster than any part of the globe. Experts predict the region will be free of sea ice during the summer within about 20 years.&nbsp;</span></p><p>That’s creating a gold-rush mentality among many shipping and energy companies eager to capitalize on new trade routes or tap new sources of oil and gas.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 23:36:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8924 at http://www.kplu.org Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks Shell can start drilling preparations in Alaska's Chukchi Sea http://www.kplu.org/post/shell-can-start-drilling-preparations-alaskas-chukchi-sea <p>Interior<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; "> Secretary Ken Salazar says Royal Dutch&nbsp;</span><font style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; " color="red">Shell&nbsp;</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px; ">will be allowed to begin preparation work at exploratory drilling sites in the </span>Chukchi<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 5 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:21:49 +0000 The Associated Press & Bellamy Pailthorp 6156 at http://www.kplu.org Shell can start drilling preparations in Alaska's Chukchi Sea Ahead of Alaska drilling, Shell practices cleaning up http://www.kplu.org/post/ahead-alaska-drilling-shell-practices-cleaning Royal Dutch Shell could drill several exploratory oil wells into the waters off the north shore of Alaska this summer. The potential prize is huge, but so is the risk, should there be an oil spill in this pristine and remote region. And that risk is on everyone's mind since the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.<p>Shell is now training hundreds of workers to confront oil in icy waters. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 17:36:32 +0000 Richard Harris 5458 at http://www.kplu.org Ahead of Alaska drilling, Shell practices cleaning up Arctic drill ships leave Seattle for Alaska http://www.kplu.org/post/arctic-drill-ships-leave-seattle-alaska <p>Two vessels fitted with drilling rigs left Seattle Wednesday for Alaska.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:28:37 +0000 The Associated Press 5416 at http://www.kplu.org Arctic drill ships leave Seattle for Alaska Greenpeace vs. Shell: Duelling vessels head for Arctic from Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/greenpeace-vs-shell-duelling-vessels-head-arctic-seattle <p>Seattle&rsquo;s Elliott Bay is the epicenter of a global energy fight.</p><p>The Shell Oil Company has two rigs docked here, the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer. Also in Elliott Bay is the Greenpeace vessel, Esperanza.</p><p>As soon as the ice clears, Shell&rsquo;s rigs will head out for the Arctic. They&rsquo;ll be the first to conduct exploratory drilling there in more than two decades. Greenpeace plans to shadow them, using submarines.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Lindsay Lowe 5234 at http://www.kplu.org Greenpeace vs. Shell: Duelling vessels head for Arctic from Seattle Arctic drill ship nearly ready to leave Seattle for Alaska http://www.kplu.org/post/arctic-drill-ship-nearly-ready-leave-seattle-alaska <p>The Arctic drill ship Kulluk has been berthed in Seattle for about 10 months, but if Shell Oil gets final federal permits and overcomes court challenges by environmental groups the vessel will be in Alaska waters this year.</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 21:29:01 +0000 The Associated Press 5108 at http://www.kplu.org Arctic drill ship nearly ready to leave Seattle for Alaska