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John Ryan, KUCB - Unalaska

Strange Orange Robots Sail Into Dutch Harbor… Just What Are They Up To?

Strange Orange Robots Sail Into Dutch Harbor… Just What Are They Up To?

Aquatic robots have been spotted in the Aleutian Islands. Two ocean-going drones were seen sailing into Dutch Harbor Monday night with no one on board. Just what are these orange robots doing out there–and should we be alarmed?

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July 31, 2015
Shell Begins Exploratory Drilling in the Chukchi Sea

Shell Begins Exploratory Drilling in the Chukchi Sea

Arctic drilling is under way. Shell Oil confirmed Thursday night that its Polar Pioneer rig sent a drill bit spinning into the floor of the Chukchi Sea about 5 p.m. Alaska time.

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July 31, 2015
Shell’s Fennica Sets Sail for Alaska

Shell’s Fennica Sets Sail for Alaska

Police disbanded the protest late this afternoon, and the Fennica set sail for Alaska. But not before a federal judge found Greenpeace in contempt for blocking the path of an Arctic-bound drilling vessel.

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July 30, 2015
Dead Fish, Wildlife In Aleutians May Be Victims Of Toxic Algae Outbreak

Dead Fish, Wildlife In Aleutians May Be Victims Of Toxic Algae Outbreak

Scientists have been receiving reports of dead and dying whales, birds and small fish in the Aleutian Islands. They think it might be from toxic algae proliferating, thanks to unusually warm ocean temperatures.

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July 27, 2015
Ex-Senator, Troubled Airline Promise Unalaskans Improved Service

Ex-Senator, Troubled Airline Promise Unalaskans Improved Service

Unalaska got a visit from a former senator on Wednesday. Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich came to town to do some public relations work for Grant Aviation.

July 27, 2015
Interior Dept. OKs Arctic Drilling—With Limits

Interior Dept. OKs Arctic Drilling—With Limits

The Obama administration approved Shell’s Oil’s plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean on Wednesday. But for now, Shell is restricted on how deep it can drill.

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July 22, 2015
Explosion Shakes Aleutians’ Cleveland Volcano

Explosion Shakes Aleutians’ Cleveland Volcano

An explosion shook Cleveland Volcano in the east-central Aleutian Islands at 8:17 a.m. local time Tuesday. It’s the volcano’s first explosion since November.

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July 21, 2015
Shell's Fennica vessel. Photo: John Ryan/KUCB.

Shell ship ‘Fennica’ heads to Oregon for repairs

A key ship in Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling fleet left Alaska on Sunday. The icebreaker is headed south to Oregon for repairs after a three-foot gash was discovered in its hull.

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July 20, 2015

Shell’s Arctic ‘Beer Can’ Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound

Shell Oil had to postpone its Arctic drilling for a full year after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter. But Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continues with work conducted in Puget Sound. The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators last month in the waters off Anacortes, Washington.

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April 23, 2013

Shell Underwater Oil-Spill Equipment Fails Key Test

Shell Oil has been building and testing equipment designed for the Arctic Ocean in Puget Sound. In September, a key test of underwater oil-spill equipment was a spectacular failure.

November 30, 2012