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Coast Guard finds safety violations on Shell rig

Coast Guard finds safety violations on Shell rigShell’s Noble Discoverer drill rig has had several high-profile mishaps in 2012. Now, the Coast Guard says it found problems with the rig's on-board systems during an emergency inspection in Seward.

Shell’s oil spill containment gear ‘crushed like a beer can’ in testing

Shell’s oil spill containment gear ‘crushed like a beer can’ in testingIn September, a key test of underwater oil-spill equipment was a spectacular failure.

Ice prompts Shell to halt Arctic drilling

Shell has paused its drilling operation in the Arctic just a day after starting.

Shell begins petroleum drilling in Chukchi Sea

Royal Dutch Shell has begun drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast.

Interior Secretary Salazar plans tour of Alaska

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is planning a three-day trip to Alaska. Salazar is preparing to decide whether to issue final drilling permits to Shell Oil, which hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

Coast Guard relaxes certification standards for oil spill containment barge

The Coast Guard is relaxing certification standards for Shell’s oil spill containment barge. The company convinced regulators the Arctic Challenger should be considered a mobile unit. Among other things, that means its mooring system only needs to be able to weather a 10-year storm, as opposed to the more rigorous 100-year standard for fixed platforms.

Groups Push EPA Over Clean Air Waiver for Shell

A few more than a dozen activists gathered at the national headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency protesting Shell's request for a waiver from the Clean Air Act.

Shell oil drilling rig has close encounter with shore in Unalaska

Shell Oil has run into a number of problems with its Arctic drilling plans over the last week.

EPA considering Shell permit change request

Shell Oil is seeking to changes to the air permit for one of its drill ships after a spokesman says generator engines tested slightly above permit levels for ammonia and nitrous oxide.

Bellingham oil rig project under federal scrutiny for storm safety

Bellingham oil rig project under federal scrutiny for storm safetyA drilling rig slated for use off Alaska’s North Slope is facing some serious scrutiny in Washington state. The Arctic Challenger is designed to stop oil spills from two other rigs. But officials say it needs a stronger design.
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