Alaska

Shell's Arctic oil rig hits the rocks

Posted by ben — 2 January 2013 at 2:08pm - Comments
Shell's Arctic oil rig runs aground in Alaska
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More evidence that we cannot let Shell drill in the Arctic

In yet another example of just why drilling for oil in the Arctic is such a monumentally bad idea, Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, has run aground off the island of Sitkalidak, near Kodiak in Alaska. The ancient rig was being towed back to harbour after a spectacularly unsuccessful summer drilling season when it ran into serious trouble and hit the shore.

Shell gets legal ban on Arctic protest

Posted by graham — 30 March 2012 at 5:18pm - Comments
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They're still ignoring rising temperatures in the Arctic, but Shell is clearly starting to feel the heat in the US. After more than three hundred thousand of you emailed them asking them not to gamble with the Arctic, the oil giant has resorted to draconian legal action to try to silence opposition to their plans to drill in the frozen north.

23 years later and Shell has learned nothing from the Exxon Valdez disaster

Posted by dhowells — 23 March 2012 at 12:25pm - Comments
Clean up after Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska
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Clean up after Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska

Twenty-three years ago the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. 

The tanker spilled eleven million gallons of oil into the water, fouled 1,500 miles of Alaska’s coast and killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds, otters, seals and whales, and devastated local communities. 

Tweeting from the rooftops: Shell, keep out of the Arctic

Posted by bex — 21 February 2012 at 5:00pm - Comments

It’s official. On Friday, Shell got a step closer to drilling for oil in our planet’s last wild ocean - the Arctic. 

The company’s oil spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea off Alaska was given the all clear by US authorities, even though it’s a work of almost complete fantasy.

The battle for the Frozen North: Point Hope (video)

Posted by bex — 7 December 2011 at 1:45pm - Comments

The small Alaskan community of Point Hope - or Tikiġaq, as the Iñupiaq people call their homeland - is one of the oldest continually occupied sites in North America.

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