Oil Drilling

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Seattle City Council members heard testimony on a resolution today.

The resolution urges the Port of Seattle to reconsider its controversial decision to host Shell Oil’s arctic drill rigs.

The resolution warns that allowing Shell to use Terminal 5 in West Seattle will cause: “disruption, division and direct conflict with the Port’s stated values and policies.”

At the hearing, environmentalists made their opposition to the Shell lease known. But others who testified felt differently.

Joshua Berger represents the Washington Maritime Federation.

Shell Oil Rig Arrives In Puget Sound

Apr 17, 2015
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A 400 foot tall oil rig has arrived in Port Angeles. Shell Oil plans to use the Polar Pioneer to drill this summer, off Alaska’s North Slope. Environmentalists oppose the exploration - many were in Port Angeles Friday for what they called an "unwelcoming". 

Among them, Michael Bittner. He said the arrival of the Polar Pioneer felt like an invasion.

"To have something come into our region that has already been said to pose a catastrophic risk to the Arctic and global climate is really devastating to see here," Bittner said.

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Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer, is expected to arrive Friday in Port Angeles, Washington.

Shell has just received the necessary federal permits to drill for oil in the Arctic and will be staging its fleet in Seattle, despite a lawsuit filed by environmental groups and an investigation launched by the Seattle City Council.

Activists have warned of a flotilla of kayaks that would extend a less-than-warm welcome to Shell when it arrives at the Port of Seattle.

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Senator Maria Cantwell wants the White House to stop a proposed mine in Alaska that she says will threaten jobs in Washington state. The proposed Pebble Mine, in Western Alaska, sits near Bristol Bay, which is one of the world’s most abundant salmon habitats. About 1,000 Washington residents hold commercial fishing permits there. At a rally at Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, Cantwell described the mine as a “giant cauldron of toxic waste.”

Shell Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling

Feb 28, 2013
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Shell Oil has put Arctic drilling on hold. The company announced Wednesday that it will not attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. The announcement comes after a year of accidents and setbacks for Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts. KUOW’s John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Another costly setback for Shell Oil and its efforts to drill in the Arctic Ocean: Shell needs to send its beleaguered oil rigs to Asia for major repairs, instead of to Seattle as planned. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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A shipwrecked oil rig that was bound for Seattle has been floated off the rocks and towed to a safe harbor in the Gulf of Alaska. A fleet of nine ships accompanied Shell Oil’s Kulluk drill rig on the 45-mile tow.

Grounded Drilling Rig Remains Stable In Alaska

Jan 3, 2013
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg / U.S. Coast Guard

A grounded oil drilling rig remains in stable shape off the coast of Alaska Wednesday. Shell Oil’s Kulluk ran aground on New Year’s Eve on an island in the Gulf of Alaska. The vessel hasn’t spilled any oil so far, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.