for Arctic Drilling Shell
Republicans have pushed back hard against energy and environmental action Obama has taken after the election, and they will likely try to overturn his decisions once he leaves office.
The Obama administration is continuing to carve out a middle ground when it comes to energy policy—satisfying neither environmentalists nor the energy industry in the process.
This summer has seen unprecedented media coverage on opposition to Arctic drilling, with much of the heightened awareness coming thanks to new and exceptionally creative protest methods.
For Arctic drilling, Shell has a narrow window of opportunity during summer months when low levels of sea ice permit industry operations. If protesters are able to sufficiently delay the rig deployment, they could feasibly derail Shell’s entire 2015 operation.