Shell Reports That Sea Ice is Moving off of Burger

Shell reported today that sea ice is finally moving away from the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea. No word on when drilling will resume.

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Shell Arctic Safety System’s Problems Plague Alaska Drilling Plans.

Huge ice floe continues to shut down drilling on Shell’s Burger prospect.

Ice still delaying Shell Arctic offshore drilling – CBS News.

Shell announced yesterday that it began drilling its Burger prospect 70 miles offshore Alaska’s northwest coast that morning at 8:30 am eastern time.  The drillship Noble Discoverer is being used for this prospect, which is in about 150 feet of water.  The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) gave the go-ahead to Shell on August 30 after years of planning, legal challenges, and great environmental concern.  The environmental concern, obviously, continues. Read the rest of this entry

Last week, the EPA published its draft report, Investigation of Ground Water Contamination Near Pavillion, Wyoming.  The report summarized a multi-year study conducted by the EPA after years of landowner complaints about petroleum products, natural gas, and chemical smells in their drinking water.  Pavillion is a small town in the Wind River basin of central Wyoming, home to 169 gas wells.  The field around Pavillion was discovered in the 1960s, and was actively drilled up until the early 2000s.  Frac’ing became very active in the last 20 years as technology improved and some additives were not reported by frac companies, citing proprietary technology.

When the report was released, reaction was swift from both sides of the controversy. Read the rest of this entry