On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, seated in his Ottawa office across from Parliament Hill, took an urgent call from U.S. President Barack Obama. Harper’s advisers were listening intently around a muted speakerphone in an adjoining room.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc won conditional U.S. approval for its exploration plan in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, a step toward tapping oil leases bought in 2005 and 2007 in which it has invested more than $3.5 billion.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc should be barred from drilling in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea and the Gulf of Mexico because its oil-spill plans are inadequate, Greenpeace Inc. and other environmental groups said in a lawsuit.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc , which has been blocked from developing leases it holds off Alaska’s Arctic coast, this week will ask the U.S. to approve drilling as many as 10 oil exploration wells by the end of 2013.