Tagged: Arctic

NOAA announced a recovery plan for Beluga whales in Alaska. (Credit: Mike Johnston/Flickr)

NMFS Allows Shell To Take Marine Mammals Incidental To Exploration Drilling Program In Alaska

On September 18, 2014, Shell submitted an application to NMFS for the taking of marine mammals incidental to exploration drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska. After receiving comments and questions from NMFS, Shell revised its Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) application and related Marine Mammal Mitigation and Monitoring Plan on December 17, 2014. NMFS determined that the application was adequate and complete on January 5, 2015.

The drillship Noble Discoverer undergoes sea trials of Singapore in November 2014, following shipyard work and upgrades. (Credit: Noble Corp.)

Coast Guard Clears Shell Drillship Bound For Arctic

As one of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs makes its way to Alaska, a second is waiting in the wings. The Noble Discoverer, now docked in Washington state waters, has received a critical “certificate of compliance” from the U.S. Coast Guard verifying it meets a host of safety and security requirements.

Ice and open water in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska. (Credit: NOAA)

House Subcommittee Evaluates Balancing Arctic Development

This week, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on “Arctic Resources and American Competitiveness” focused on the importance of Arctic offshore energy development to Alaskan natives, the State of Alaska, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, and to our nation’s goal of energy security and independence.