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.
Testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system was supervised this week by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Puget Sound, BSEE Director Brian Salerno announced today.
At least nine fin whales have been found dead in recent weeks in southern Alaska waters, and researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and University of Alaska Fairbanks are attempting to find out what killed them.
This week, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) hosted a Congressional briefing on the importance of both unique regions.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, questioned Department of Energy (DOE) nominees on plans to increase American energy exports and expand opportunities for energy production in the Arctic.
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.
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.