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September 25, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that ran aground. The company canceled its 2013 drilling season, and its 2014 operations are in question.
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September 25, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that ran aground. The company canceled its 2013 drilling season, and its 2014 operations are in question.
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January 6, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A week after the Shell oil barge Kulluk hit shore near Kodiak Island, Alaska, officials are waiting on the weather to attempt a high-stakes rescue. The Kulluk, a 266-foot barge fresh off its inaugural drilling expedition in the Arctic, broke free from its tow lines in rough weather and hit the rocky shore on Sitkalidak Island hours before Alaskans rang in the New Year. The Kulluk remained grounded there Sunday, along with its 150,000 gallons of diesel and roughly 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid, as Shell and Coast Guard officials made preparations to tow the barge 30 miles to safe harbor in Kiliuda Bay, Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The city of Carson has declared a local emergency over contamination in a sprawling housing tract, ratcheting up the pressure on Shell Oil to cleanse the neighborhood of the toxic chemicals found in the soil around homes. City officials hope the declaration will allow them greater authority to order the oil company to complete the cleanup of the site or give them access to federal and state assistance. For years, residents in the Carousel housing tract have complained about the contamination.
NEWS
January 10, 1986 | MAURA DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
An anti-apartheid group joined with the United Mine Workers and the AFL-CIO Thursday in launching a nationwide boycott against Shell Oil Co., calling on Americans to tear up their Shell credit cards and picket the corporation's businesses.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2001 | Reuters
Shell Oil, a unit of Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell, raised its hostile bid for Barrett Resources Corp. to about $2 billion from $1.8 billion in a move to win control of the company's valuable natural gas reserves. Shell said it raised its offer, first made in early March, to $60 a share from $55 while extending the tender date to May 9.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1986
Shell Oil Co. agrees with protesters, who have called for a nationwide boycott of its service stations, that the South African government's apartheid policies are "morally indefensible," a company spokesman said Saturday. But the boycott against Shell in this country is "unfair, misguided and cannot succeed" in changing those policies, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1990
An employee of an electrical contractor working on a substation at the Shell Oil refinery in Carson was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live circuit Saturday afternoon. Lloyd Grant, 31, collapsed about 12:40 p.m. while working on a substation panel that carries 15,000 volts, said Deputy Dean Scoville. Before losing consciousness. Grant, a Colorado resident, told colleagues at the Wilmington Avenue facility that he had received a shock.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2005 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Shell Oil Co. has quietly handed its Bakersfield refinery, once slated for closure, to new owner Flying J Inc., a Utah truck stop operator. Flying J paid a reported $130 million for the refinery and plans to spend at least that much on an expansion that would sharply increase the plant's gasoline and diesel output. In its current configuration, the facility makes 2% of California's gasoline and 6% of its diesel.
BUSINESS
August 5, 1986
The purchase prices were not revealed. But Phillips said that when the sales are added to the $1.7-billion worth of assets previously sold, it pushes the total over the $1.95-billion mark. Shell purchased Phillips' interests in two fields near Huntington Beach, a field north of Point Arguello, three fields in the San Joaquin Valley and a portion of Phillips' interest in an offshore undeveloped tract in the Santa Maria Basin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Carson city officials are seeking to declare a local emergency in an effort to pressure the state and an oil company to speed the cleanup of a contaminated housing tract where residents have been advised not to eat vegetables or fruit from their yards and to limit contact with the soil. Testing in 2008 revealed that the soil and groundwater beneath many of the 285 homes in the Carousel tract, which sits atop a former Shell Oil tank farm, contain benzene and petroleum. The oil company, which owned the land before it was developed into homes and which state officials said was responsible for its cleanup, has said that the chemicals do not pose an immediate health risk.
NATIONAL
January 6, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Rescuers attached a tow line Sunday evening to an oil barge stranded against the rocky shore of an island off the coast of Alaska. But the delicate next steps, in which rescuers try to pull the slightly damaged barge to safety 30 miles away without losing any of its oil, were still uncertain. The Kulluk, a 266-foot barge fresh off its inaugural drilling expedition in the Arctic for Shell, broke free from its tow lines in rough weather and hit ground submerged just off the shoreline of Sitkalidak Island on Dec. 31. The barge remained upright but was partially damaged by waves.
NATIONAL
January 6, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A week after the Shell oil barge Kulluk hit shore near Kodiak Island, Alaska, officials are waiting on the weather to attempt a high-stakes rescue. The Kulluk, a 266-foot barge fresh off its inaugural drilling expedition in the Arctic, broke free from its tow lines in rough weather and hit the rocky shore on Sitkalidak Island hours before Alaskans rang in the New Year. The Kulluk remained grounded there Sunday, along with its 150,000 gallons of diesel and roughly 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid, as Shell and Coast Guard officials made preparations to tow the barge 30 miles to safe harbor in Kiliuda Bay, Alaska.
OPINION
September 2, 2012
The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska just isn't what it used to be - or rather, what we thought it was. Until about two years ago, the 23-million-acre spread of land was thought to hold a treasure-trove of 10.6 billion barrels of black gold. Then research by the U.S. Geological Survey brought the figure way down, to less than a tenth of that amount. Yet the reserve is rich in other features, among them wildlife and the fragile ecosystems in which it lives. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wisely recognized both kinds of resources in drafting the first comprehensive plan for the reserve.
NATIONAL
August 31, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Friday said that it would grant Royal Dutch Shell a one-year air pollution permit for an Arctic drilling rig, further bolstering the possibility that over the next two months Shell will start its controversial project to drill for oil off the Alaska coast .  The Environmental Protection Agency granted the permit in response to a Shell request for a waiver from current air pollution regulations for the...
NATIONAL
August 31, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane Isaac is over , but the misery isn't, especially for people like Samuel George, who was displaced twice in the chaos -- first when water swamped his home and again Friday when the shelter he was in shut down. "I probably will never actually go home again," the slightly built man in an oversized shirt and pants said as he stood outside the YMCA in Belle Chasse, La. The city is in Plaquemines Parish, an area outside the federal levee zone that protected New Orleans and the site of some of the worst and most dramatic flooding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1994 | FRANK MANNING
The Agoura Hills Planning Commission has agreed to let Shell Oil Co. build a carwash and mini-mart at its station on Kanan Road in exchange for voluntarily removing its 70-foot pole sign. Many local businesses refuse to abide by the controversial 9-year-old city ordinance banning pole signs and have sued the city. But Shell representatives say they want to settle the issue amicably.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Neighborhood activists claimed a victory Tuesday after a Simi Valley City Council deadlock shot down Shell Oil Co.'s plan to build a gas station, carwash and mini-mart at Yosemite Avenue and the Simi Valley Freeway. The corner has been a flash point for residents' fears that traffic, noise and crime problems would invade their affluent hillside neighborhood.
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August 30, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has given permission to Shell Oil to begin what it calls “preparatory work” in its controversial effort to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the permission will allow Shell to install a blowout preventer ahead of exploratory oil drilling. The preparatory work involves drilling to install the needed equipment, but the drilling will avoid pockets of oil and gas, Salazar said. Shell still has other hurdles to cross before it can actually drill for oil -- and winter deadlines are looming.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE--The vessel designated to act as a crucial oil spill containment system in Arctic waters has obtained Coast Guard  approval to meet less rigorous weather standards than originally proposed. But, less than two weeks before drilling off Alaska's northern coast is due to begin, a series of troubling construction delays have left the Arctic Challenger without federal certification . The certification issue is the most serious Shell must confront if it is to successfully launch a exploratory drilling program, the first in Arctic waters in two decades, in which it already has invested $4 billion.
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