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Shell says it will cease Alaska offshore Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work. The announcement was a huge blow to Shell, which was counting on offshore drilling in Alaska to help it drive future revenue. Environmentalists, however, had tried repeatedly to block the project, and welcome the news.
Groups seek to end Arctic Ocean drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell's decision to end its quest for oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska sparked jubilation among environmental activists, who said Tuesday that they will seize the opportunity to seek an end to all drilling to in the region. But while Shell's move is a definite setback for oil companies, it does not mean offshore drilling is dead or that the Arctic Ocean has any greater protection now than it had last week.
Shell move dims oil prospects, delights environmentalists

ANCHORAGE - Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its long quest to become the first company to produce oil in Alaska's Arctic waters, darkening the nation's long-term oil prospects and delighting environmental groups that tried to block the project.
New duck-billed dinosaur found in Alaska, researchers say

ANCHORAGE - Fossils from a unique plant-eating dinosaur found in the high Arctic of Alaska may change how scientists view dinosaur physiology, say Alaska and Florida university researchers.
Emergency listing sought for Prince of Wales Island wolves

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Six conservation groups have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use an emergency endangered species listing to protect a population of southeast Alaska wolves.
Scientists link oil exposure to reduced survival of fish

ANCHORAGE - Federal scientists have determined that extremely low levels of crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez caused heart problems in embryonic fish, a conclusion that could shape how damage is assessed in other major spills.
Shell president optimistic about Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE - The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.
Walrus leaving ice, coming ashore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Pacific walrus have come ashore on the northwest coast of Alaska in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.
Scientists to measure ash stirred from 1912 Alaska eruption

ANCHORAGE - The largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century created a 40-square mile desert known as the Valley of 10,000 Smokes on the Alaska Peninsula. More than a century later, ash from the event is still creating a hazard.
Approval of Arctic drilling comes just before Obama's visit

...history."In his visit to Alaska, Obama is expected to stress the dangers of climate change. He says Alaskans are on the front lines of the problem.Associated Press writer Dan Joling in Anchorage, Alaska, contributed to this report.


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