Of Ice, Whales, and Lack of Leadership.

Exactly one week ago, Shell triumphantly announced the resumption of drilling in the offshore Arctic after a 20 year hiatus.  The drillship Noble Discoverer spud (began drilling) the first new Burger prospect well in the Chukchi Sea; less than 24 hours later, they had to shut down and move 30 miles away to allow for a huge ice floe to move through the area.  They’ve been there ever since, monitoring ice. Read the rest of this entry

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

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