Shell Oil

Arctic Drilling
5:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Shell Oil Rig Arrives In Puget Sound

Shell Oil plans to use the Polar Pioneer, a 400 foot tall oil rig, to drill this summer but environmentalists oppose the exploration.
Credit Backbone Campaign / Flickr

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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Arctic Drilling
4:21 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Port Of Seattle Unswayed In Decision To Host Shell's Arctic Drilling Fleet

Hundreds of people attended the Seattle Port Commissioners' public meeting to voice their feelings about a controversial lease that would allow Shell Oil to keep its arctic drilling fleet at the Port of Seattle.
Credit Ashley Ahearn

The Port of Seattle will host Shell Oil’s arctic drilling fleet. That includes ships and drilling rigs. The Port signed a lease earlier this month that has caused a stir among some citizens and elected officials, who say the lease goes against the Port and city’s commitment to green leadership.

The room was packed when a group of graying ladies who call themselves “the raging grannies” took the microphone to sing their testimony.

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Oil Containment System
7:10 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Shell Oil Containment System Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound

Shell Oil had to postpone its Arctic drilling for a full year after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter. But Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continue in Puget Sound. The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators last month in the waters off Anacortes, Washington. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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Shell Oil Drilling
6:33 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Shell Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, with three tugboats and an escort ship, on its way from Kodiak Island to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Credit Photo by Sara Francis / US Coast Guard

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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Arctic Oil Drilling
6:54 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Interior Dept. To Probe Shell’s Arctic Drilling Mishaps

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, which washed aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska last week.
Credit Photo by Jon Klingenberg / U.S. Coast Guard

The Obama Administration announced a sweeping inquiry into Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling program yesterday. The 60-day probe will look at the company’s mishaps in Alaska and here in Puget Sound. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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Shipwrecked Oil Rig
4:46 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Shell’s Beached Kulluk Oil Rig Towed To Safe Harbor

The Kulluk aground off Sitkalidak Island, Ala.
Credit Travis Marsh / U.S. Coast Guard

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.

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Arctic Oil Spill
6:20 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Congressman Seeks Answers In Arctic Oil-Spill Gear's Failure

A piece of oil-spill prevention equipment.
Credit Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (via KUOW Freedom of Information request)

Oil-spill equipment designed to support drilling in the Arctic Ocean was damaged badly in its first field test this fall in Puget Sound near Anacortes. A public radio investigation revealed just how badly. Now a top Congressman is seeking answers, too. Seattle correspondent John Ryan reports.

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