Tagged: Arctic

During 2012, the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk ran aground off a small island near Kodiak Island. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/AP)

Shell Fights to Keep Arctic Drilling Leases

Royal Dutch Shell is fighting the Obama administration’s decision not to extend its drilling rights leases in the Arctic Ocean. (From The Hill / by Timothy Cama) — Shell filed an administrative appeal of...

Iceberg located in Ross Sea, Antarctica. (Credit: NOAA)

Priorities In The Arctic

The Arctic is warming twice as fast the rest of the world and investment in infrastructure and research is needed if the U.S. intends to be a leader in the region. The Joint Ocean...

The Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig began drilling operations in the Arctic offshore waters of Alaska's Chukchi Sea. (Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Cancellation Of Oil And Gas Lease Sales

(From the Federal Register) — Oil and Gas Lease Sale 237 in the Chukchi Sea Planning Area on the Outer Continental Shelf The Department of the Interior has decided to cancel Chukchi Sea Lease...

Emergency response, navigation, and charting has not kept pace with the rapidly changing polar region. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Race For The Arctic?

With the Arctic becoming more accessible due to receding ice, and congressional interest in the Arctic agenda on the rise with the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a Joint Subcommittee hearing titled, “Charting the Arctic: Security, Economic, and Resource Opportunities.”

The Coast Guard is studying a new shipping route through the Bering Strait, which separates the U.S. from Russia links the Arctic and Pacific oceans, as marine traffic in the Far North increases. In 2014, the Coast Guard counted 340 transits through the Bering Strait made by about 120 large vessels. (Credit: NASA)

Coast Guard Studies Shipping Lanes For Bering Sea Routes

More Arctic sea ice melting each summer from global warming is making it easier for ships to plot routes through the environmentally sensitive Bering Strait, and is prompting concerns among U.S. Coast Guard officials about the potential dangers of a vessel crashing and leaking oil.