2012 Arctic Drilling Debacle Supports Previous Warnings

Early in 2012, hundreds of scientists warned the US government not to allow Arctic drilling, and Shell Oil’s drilling record has borne out those warnings, report Kiley Kroh and Michael Cronathan at Climate Progress. An independent report by the Government Accountability Office identified a slew of environmental, logistical, and technical challenges associated with Arctic offshore drilling and concluded Shell’s “dedicated capabilities do not completely mitigate some of the environmental and logistical risks associated with the remoteness and environment of the region.” Despite the warnings of the high risks involved using current technology by the major insurance company Lloyds of London, other major oil companies, and a major German financing bank, Shell Oil proceeded to attempt Arctic drilling. Its record?  Delays, failed safety tests, complications, accidents, and finally a grounded rig, with the threat of an oil spill, for which Shell can offer no guarantees of suitable cleanup. After viewing Shell’s experience a major oil company, Norway’s Statoil, has withdrawn plans to drill in the Alaskan Arctic.


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Arctic Drilling so risky, one company won’t insure it, et al http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/01/04/1399891/timeline-documenting-shells-2012-arctic-drilling-debacle/

About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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