One of Shell’s Brent oil platforms.
Shell's proposals to decommission its four Brent platforms are a test case for North Sea industry. But here's why decommissioning is not what it's cracked up to be.
Activists in Seattle practice for demonstrations against Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic, April 17, 2015.
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President Obama used an obscure 1953 law to bar offshore drilling in Arctic Alaska and along the Atlantic coast. Republicans and energy companies want to reverse the ban, but it will not be easy.
BP’s Etap platform, 100 miles east of Aberdeen.
The case for dismantling and recycling oil rigs is far from clear cut.
The oil fields in the Niger Delta are regularly sabotaged by people living in communities surrounding the fields.
Nigeria must work together with its people to help keep the peace in the Niger Delta.
Troubles with Shell: in 2013, its drill became stranded and had to be rescued.
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Shell has abandoned oil exploration offshore Alaska for now but a variety of trends are driving the energy industry to take a fresh look at Arctic drilling.