Fresh from what some environmentalists claim is a victory that forced Shell to drop its ambitious plans to search for oil in Arctic waters off Alaska, the Sierra Club is urging supporters to rise up to stop a separate offshore Alaska energy project.

Yereth Rosen
Gov. Bill Walker has lobbied members of President Barack Obama's administration on opening up a small section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.Associated Press
When Shell announced it would end its entire program in the offshore U.S. Arctic, the hyperbole and finger-pointing began in earnest. But the record shows that much of the blame-placing and credit-taking is based on misunderstandings and myths.Yereth Rosen
The Arctic Alaska outer continental shelf has lured explorers with its hints of oil riches and an open water season that is expanding as sea ice diminishes. But brutal physical and economic conditions confound easy development.Yereth Rosen
Shell's history in Alaska goes back much further than its most recent drilling season and subsequent decision to abandon its dreams of oil in the state's offshore Arctic waters.Yereth Rosen

Watch video of Shell's drilling rig, Polar Pioneer, in action in the Chukchi Sea.

Scott Jensen

Alaska Governor Bill Walker discusses Royal Dutch Shell's announcement that it will abandon its Arctic oil exploration efforts in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea after a test well yielded disappointing results.

Scott Jensen
Royal Dutch Shell will abandon its Arctic drilling efforts in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea after spending billions of dollars on test drilling, finding reserves were “insufficient” to continue further, the company announced Monday in London.  Erica Martinson

Kodiak Electric Association generates nearly all of its power from hydroelectric and wind turbines.

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Icebergs in Prince William Sound that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades, according to a study by a citizens oversight group.Dan Joling | Associated Press