Royal Dutch Shell "paused" their exploratory drilling in the Arctic off the coast of Alaska on 27 February and while environmental groups like Greenpeace are lauding their campaigning efforts it is the Arctic itself that won this battle. With its harsh conditions the so-far mostly untouched pristine wilderness has  for the second time this year stopped the petroleum company's progress.

Shell completed top-hole drilling on two wells in 2012 in th...

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