Shell has nabbed two more critical government approvals for its planned exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer.
Officials are investigating the deaths of federally protected Stellar sea lions, including several that were deliberately killed, near an Alaska fishing community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Friday.
A German shipping company that admitted last month to dumping oily water into the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska early this year was ordered Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage to pay $750,000 in fines and community service payments.
Melting ice in the Arctic is creating opportunities for access to oil and gas, and shipping lanes. But the area is still mostly frozen and navigating the inhospitable region on top of the world still requires an icebreaker, the heavy duty ships that are able to crash through massive layers of ice.
As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters.
Two 25 ft Coast Guard response boats arrived in Dutch Harbor this week. The boats will patrol waters off the coast of Dutch Harbor as oil giant Royal Dutch Shell moves forward with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.
The Bering Strait, the narrow chokepoint between the Pacific and Arctic Oceans, has been a watery crossroads for millennia. Skin boats paddled by indigenous residents were followed by commercial whaling ships, which were followed in the 20th century by vessels supporting the newcomers who mined for gold and drilled for oil.
The Arctic airspace from Alaska to Finland will buzz with activity over the next week, as NORAD, the U.S.-Canada alliance aimed at protecting North American airspace, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European-North American defense alliance, each start major military exercises in the skies above the Arctic.
Bouncing his knees like a drummer pounding on a bass pedal, adjusting his tie and shifting his weight in front of the multinational crowd, James Stotts was the most visibly anxious speaker.
Three hundred miles above the Arctic Circle, where the sun is now up 24 hours a day, Alaskans are fanning out into frigid waters to hunt bowhead whales.