Arctic Drilling

Banned: video from our Shell Belgian Grand Prix protest

Posted by Brian Fitzgerald — 27 August 2013 at 2:31pm - Comments

The video of our hijack of Sunday's Shell-sponsored Belgian Grand Prix ceremony has been pulled by YouTube following a "copyright" (aka "embarrassment") complaint. While the take down appears to have been ordered by the Formula 1 organisers, we suspect Shell is pleased. They may even be behind it. Now, why would we think that?

Shell: it's time to separate the sponsor from the sport

Posted by Kumi Naidoo — 25 August 2013 at 2:12pm - Comments
Exposing Shell's Arctic drilling plans at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix
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Shell spends millions on the safety-conscious grand prix but is bent on risky Arctic drilling

Much like the movement to save the Arctic, Grand Prix fans are made up of all sorts of people. I would know - I was a big fan of the sport growing up.

Is it possible that a lifelong environmental and social justice activist can harbor a secret love of racing? I’d like to think we embrace diversity in the movement and celebrate different points of view.

The chaotic case of Shell’s non-Arctic ready Arctic fleet

Posted by ben — 20 July 2012 at 12:45pm - Comments
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The Noble Discoverer in Dutch Harbour, Alaska

Over the weekend, Shell quite literally ran into further problems with its near-farcical attempts to drill in the Arctic when its dilapidated drillship Noble Discoverer appeared to run aground after slipping its anchors in Dutch Harbour, Alaska, in what was described as a “stiff breeze.” Whilst Shell denied its vessel had grounded, eyewitnesses painted a very different story, with one local saying that “the stern certainly struck bottom and any report to the contrary is a pure fabrication bordering on outright lies.” Either way, the bizarre scene of a giant rig floating aimlessly towards the shore in such sheltered waters does not say much for the ability of Shell to operate safely in the much more extreme conditions of the icy Polar north...

Lessons from the Elgin gas leak: why we must stop Shell's Arctic drilling

Posted by bex — 4 April 2012 at 1:51pm - Comments
Arctic Fox
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Arctic foxes rely heavily on marine and coastal resources

Ten days after the leak began, Total is still struggling to contain the gas pouring from its North Sea Elgin platform, citing bad weather as the cause of the delays. Yet, in just 100 days’ time, Shell wants to start drilling for oil in the remote and extreme Arctic environment – claiming it has the technology and the tools to deal with any spill.

Here are six reasons why an oil spill in the Arctic would be so much harder to deal with than a gas leak in the North Sea, and so much more catastrophic:

What do you think we should be doing to save the Arctic?

Posted by bex — 13 February 2012 at 10:46am - Comments
Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man Recreated on Arctic Sea Ice
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Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man recreated on Arctic sea ice by John Quigley

As I write, major oil companies like Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron are planning their moves into the Arctic to exploit its vast mineral resources. The five Arctic states are beginning the process of carving up the high north. Meanwhile, the ice keeps melting – we’ve now lost 75 per cent of Arctic sea ice in just 30 years. The global battle to protect the Arctic - from oil exploration, from industrialisation and from climate change – needs to be ambitious, bold and successful. So we’re asking you: what do you think we should we be doing to save the Arctic? 

Conversations with Greenlanders (and non-conversations with oil companies)

Posted by Jon Burgwald — 23 January 2012 at 1:41pm - Comments
Greenland's capital, Nuuk
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Greenland's capital, Nuuk

I’ve passed north of the polar circle on our trip visiting the west coast of Greenland. The temperature has dropped to -15C: snow is mounting outside my window and in the beautiful harbour city Sisimiut the fjord is filled with ice. At night time, the northern lights are dancing in the sky to the distant howling from the town’s sledge dogs. This wolf-like dog is only allowed north of the Arctic Circle. In a few days, I will be debating oil drilling at the local college – a college that focuses specifically on minerals and petroleum.

Risky business in the far north

Posted by ben — 3 August 2011 at 4:01pm - Comments
Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier
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Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier

Today Cairn Energy published the latest operational update for its risky oil drilling off Greenland and the news, at least for the wildcat oil company, was far from good.

For the second year in succession Cairn, has announced it has found no oil in the Arctic.

The writing is on the wall as Kumi Naidoo is released from jail and deported

Posted by nick_gp — 21 June 2011 at 5:33pm - Comments
Kumi Naidoo and Ulvar Arnkvaern on the Esperanza
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Kumi Naidoo and Ulvar Arnkvaern on the Esperanza, preparing to take action against the Leiv Eiriksson oil rig

Today Kumi Naidoo, the global head of Greenpeace, has been deported from Greenland after four days in jail for his part in a month of direct action on Cairn Energy's Arctic oil rig Leiv Eiriksson. 

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