Alaska Drilling

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Tough timing for Shell on this announcement from the National Transportation Safety Board: The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk was Shell’s inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow of the Kulluk, resulting in implementation of a tow plan insufficient to mitigate that… Keep reading →

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

Shell employed an interesting legal tactic when it preemptively sued several environmental and activist groups in order to head off potential legal challenges to the company’s controversial Alaskan exploratory drilling program. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday ruled Shell’s approach unconstitutional. “Shell may not file suit solely to determine who would prevail in… Keep reading →

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After a handful of false starts and accidents, Shell’s multi-billion dollar bet on offshore Alaskan oil and gas  exploration was put on hold for 2014. And now a Coast Guard report claims the oil major prioritized financial interests over safety with its fateful decision to tow a drilling rig to Seattle for repairs on New Year’s… Keep reading →