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Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan 2012. The second 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...
My Turn: Why I'm voting 'Yes' to repeal SB 21

...history, decline continued. In order to stem decline, new fields and reservoirs need to be brought on line. In 2010, Shell Alaska's vice president showed me their Alaska leases, which were all in federal waters offshore. They are offshore, he...
Judges say Arctic offshore lease sale was flawed

...that is under review. 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...
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Coast Guard investigates Arctic drill ship

...vessel to leave for a shipyard in the Pacific Northwest and it likely will begin the trip under tow before the weekend, Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said.A Noble Corp. spokesman didn't immediately answer a phone call Thursday, but a statement...
Critics say grounding shows Arctic drilling danger

...Sea leases and estimates it has spent a total of nearly $5 billion on drilling efforts there and in the Beaufort. Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said the company has a long, successful history of working offshore in Alaska and is confident...
Shell drilling barge pulled from rocks

...caliber of the response and recovery crews who were safe and meticulous in their effort to move the Kulluk offshore," Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said by email.The vessel will remain in the bay 43 miles southwest of the city of Kodiak until...
Salazar announces'high-level assessment' of drilling season

...announced he would conduct a hearing on the grounding.Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said the company welcomes the...surface. The dome was damaged during testing Sept. 15.Shell Alaska vice president Pete Slaiby said in October a faulty...
Panel collects details of Shell drill ship towing procedures

...deep water if an extreme storm hit, the official who approved the plan said Tuesday.Norman "Buddy" Custard, the Shell Alaska operations manager for the tow, said the company reviewed historic storm data and gave the go-ahead for the 18...
Congress members want Shell barge investigated

...Epstein said.Shell has maintained it has taken a heads-up approach to anticipating and reacting to problems.Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said Wednesday the Kulluk had been towed more than 4,000 miles and had previously experienced...
Alaska Editorial: Kulluk provides lesson in humility, Murphy's law

...lesson? Don't underestimate the forces of nature, and don't overestimate your own ability to deal with them.Shell Alaska arguably can measure its risks better than could the men seeking oil from whales in the 19th century. They have a wealth...


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