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Mon, 11/02/2015 - 10:15am to 11:00am
Why Shell Oil is abandoning its Arctic oil dreams
For 40 hours last August, kayakitivists and Greenpeace climbers delayed the Royal Dutch Shell Oil icebreaker MSV Fennica from leaving the Portland shipyard where it was being repaired to head back to Shell's oil drilling operation in the Arctic.  A few weeks later Shell announced that it was abandoning its plans to find oil under the seabed off the coast of Alaska. Shortly after that, the Obama administration announced that it was canceling all oil leases in the Arctic for the next two years.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Sightline Institute's Eric de Place and Nick Abraham about why this change of heart for Shell and the Department of Interior.

Eric de Place is the policy director for Sightline Institute in Seattle. His article "Shell’s Rig is Headed to Portland" (co-authored by Nick Abraham) appears this week on the Sightline Blog.

Nick Abraham has a disconcerting love for digging through public records, financial data and energy stats and pulling out relatable stories. A fellow at Sightline Institute, he is now the editor and lead contributor of Oil Check Northwest, a watchdog group focused on oil and coal’s influence in the region.

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