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Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan

...drilling vessel planned for the Chukchi is the Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., said Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith."Today's filing is not a final decision to drill next summer, but it does preserve the option," he said by email...
Damage assessment continues on drill vessel

...something to report, I presume, that will be reported as appropriate."He referred other questions to Shell. Spokesman Curtis Smith said he did not have new information to pass on. Details of future actions will depend on the outcome of ongoing assessments...
Critics say fines show Shell not ready for Arctic

...violations for the Kulluk, a 266-foot diameter circular barge and assessed $390,000 in penalties.Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said by email that the EPA did not report negative effects from the fleets on Arctic villages and that Shell did not...
Drill vessels to be sent from Alaska to Asia

...plan is approved, the Kulluk will be towed to Dutch Harbor, then prepared for a dry tow transport to Asia, spokesman Curtis Smith said, adding its Asian destination has not yet been decided.The Noble Discoverer operated in the Chukchi Sea.Noble...
Judges say Arctic offshore lease sale was flawed

...The company has not decided whether to resume Chukchi drilling even if the plan is approved.Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said by email that the company is reviewing the court decision.Grafe said by phone that the environmental groups want...
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Federal agency seeks more detail in Shell Arctic drill plan

...Safety and Environmental Management System.BOEM also asked for additional emissions compliance data.Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said by email the company is taking a methodical approach to this exploration phase and will move forward if its program...
Judge upholds approval of Shell's Arctic oil spill plans

...2012, including the grounding of one of Shell's drill ships after the season had ended.Shell U.S. spokesman Curtis Smith said Beistline's decision validates that BSEE was thorough in its analysis of Shell's oil response plans. He said...
EPA fines Shell $1.1M for Arctic air violations

...investigated for 16 safety violations.Shell chose not to drill in Arctic offshore waters in 2013. Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said by email that the company accepted stringent emission limits in 2012 that were based on assumptions and modeling...
Murkowski appointments raise eyebrows

...state boards and commissions. New Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday called the late appointments "bizarre," spokesman Curtis Smith said. The most controversial appointment was Murkowski's chief of staff, Jim Clark, to the Alaska Natural Gas Development...
Knowles outspends Palin in fall campaign

...Alaska's gubernatorial election. Sound off on the important issues at That's familiar ground for Palin, said spokesman Curtis Smith. The former Wasilla mayor was outspent by Gov. Frank Murkowski and challenger John Binkley before the Aug. 22 primary...


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