Icebreaker Damage May Delay Shell’s Drilling Plans

Icebreaker Damage May Delay Shell’s Drilling Plans

The return of the 22-year-old icebreaker MSV Fennica to Dutch Harbor with hull damage curtailed its trip to the Arctic and has the potential to delay once again the oil giant Shell’s 2015 drilling plans. As the vessel was barely underway from the Aleutian Island port, a certified Alaska Marine Harbor Pilot and crew-members discovered […]

Shell Arctic Drilling Plans Run into Yet Another Roadblock

Shell Arctic Drilling Plans Run into Yet Another Roadblock

A little known permitting requirement uncovered by a coalition of 10 environmental organizations and revealed by the San Francisco-based EarthJustice, that requires that a “letter of authorization” allowing companies drilling to disturb walruses and other marine mammals, precludes drilling within 15 miles of each other. According to Shell’s drilling plans, the two drill rigs would […]