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Chukchi Sea

To Drill or Not to Drill, That Is the Question

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Subhankar Banerjee

The major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer and that could, in the long term, spell doom for one of the last great, relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.

Kate Sheppard

Interior Department Rolls Out First Rules For Arctic Drilling | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration on Friday proposed the first rules for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. The Department of Interior's Bu...

Arctic Ocean Shoal Declared Off-Limits To Oil Drilling

AP | By DAN JOLING | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A plateau on the Arctic Ocean floor, where thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise pups, has received new prot...

Shell Says It Wants To Drill Off Alaska Coast Again

AP | By DAN JOLING | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska's northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and dr...

There's More Good News For The Arctic

Ted Danson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green
Ted Danson

Alaska has already seen more than its fair share of oil disasters, and drilling in the Arctic will inevitably bring another spill. We ask you, do we really need another Exxon Valdez?

Markets Aid Environmentalists' Efforts to Curb Oil Drilling in Alaska

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

On Friday, we found out why, when his State Department announced its findings that the pipeline, despite releasing between 147 and 168 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, would not 'significantly increase carbon in the atmosphere.'

Expanding Oil Drilling in the Arctic? Bad idea

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Shell's drilling effort last year demonstrated one thing with vivid clarity -- even the largest, most profitable oil company in the world cannot mobilize and operate safely in the Arctic Ocean. Big Oil's track record speaks for itself and has no business drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

A Pincer Movement Aimed at Big Oil

Carl Pope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Will sky high prices remain? Only if oil can retain its monopoly in transportation. Transportation alternatives, however, are breathing down oil's back. Big oil companies need to recognize that their future is as smaller players

The Trail of the Whales: Look How Far We've Come

Doreen Walton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Doreen Walton

We've nearly made it to the end of our journey. My toddler and I have been following the grey whale migration up the west coast of the Americas. I pieced the journey together using public transport, on a tight budget and tight schedule.

Shell Ends 2012 Arctic Ocean Drilling Off Alaska

AP | DAN JOLING | Posted 10.31.2012 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Shell Oil's flotilla of Arctic Ocean vessels is heading for warmer waters. Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced that it concluded exp...

Revisiting an Arctic Tale of Ice and Shell

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 11.20.2012 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

In light of all the recent developments the Obama administration has an unique opportunity, a turning point.

Of Ice, Whales, and Lack of Leadership

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Before the 2010 election, the House, under Democratic control, attempted to raise the liability cap. When the Republicans took over in January of 2011, that effort died a swift death. No legislative action to improve drilling safety or enact comprehensive policy has been taken. None.

Oil Companies Can 'Incidentally' Harm Polar Bears

AP | By DAN JOLING | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Oil companies operating in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast will have a negligible effect on polar bears and walrus, ...

Armed Standoff Ends After Suspect Shoots Self

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2012 | Crime

(Recasts with suspect's suicide) ANCHORAGE, Alaska June 17 (Reuters) - An armed standoff in the northwest Alaska community of Kotzebue...

Lucia Graves

Anti-Arctic Drilling Activists Swarm The White House | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Because sometimes to get your point across you need to dress up as an Arctic Tern, scores of anti-drilling activists on Tuesday gathered...

BP Disaster Anniversary a Reminder of Regulatory Changes Needed

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

We need to decide whether it is appropriate to lease sensitive areas of the ocean for oil and gas development. To make smart decisions, though, we need solid scientific information -- and that information does not exist for most "frontier" areas.

Arctic Ocean Wildlife Need Your Help

Marilyn Heiman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Marilyn Heiman

Arctic offshore development must be done safely and sustainably. Until the highest standards are in place, the best plan is to defer all new exploration.

Are We Really Ready to Expose Our Arctic Waters to the Threat of a Major Oil Spill?

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

The icy waters north of Alaska are home to polar bears, walruses and whales; it's a fragile environment, and our understanding of this unique marine ecosystem is not well developed.

BPing the Arctic, Again -- Fast-Tracking Shell's Dangerous Drilling

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 10.15.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

We must envision and fight for a sustainable and clean energy future for our sake, our future generation and for all life on earth.

Fill the Gaps in Arctic Science Before We Decide on Drilling

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 08.27.2011 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

We have the opportunity to do things right in Arctic waters, but only if we take the time to understand this extraordinary and fragile part of our national and natural heritage

Tom Zeller Jr.

Critics: Federal Arctic Drilling Impact Statement Falls Short ... Again | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 07.23.2011 | Green

The latest attempt by federal regulators to address concerns of environmental groups about plans for oil and gas development off the coast of Alaska a...

Arctic Drilling: Lessons Learned From the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Marilyn Heiman | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Marilyn Heiman

Government must ensure strong prevention, containment and response measures that are on site and ready to go given the Arctic's remote and extreme conditions.

Earth Activism: What We Don't Want

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

The EPA is under attack from the Republicans, and we must fight to protect the very agency that works to protect public and ecological health in America. Is this a private fight or can anyone get in it? Earth activism is a public fight.

Alaska Killer Whales Ambushing Gray Whales in Aleutians

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

It was early May, a time when the epic gray whale migration to the Arctic had reached the Unimak Pass entrance to the Bering Sea. A group of killer wh...

We Have the Technology -- Let's Go

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

When you hear -- "We have the technology, let's go" -- you might perhaps think the statement came from a stately presidential announcement. As it happens that statement didn't come from any presidential address. It was printed on a Shell ad.