Shell’s First Accident Occurs En Route To Arctic Drilling
Well, that didn’t take long.
For years, environmental advocates pleaded with the U.S. government to keep Big Oil from getting its grubby little hands on the Arctic.
Thanks to pressure from industry lobbyists and politicians with pockets full of Big Oil’s money, the Obama Administration chose to ignore the scientists who said the Arctic is too fragile, and we’d have no way to clean up a spill if it happened. They ignored the environmental activists who said the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was proof that Big Oil lacked a safety culture, and needed more regulation and oversight to make sure people and ecosystems were protected from toxic contamination.
Instead, President Obama gave Shell the green light to start off-shore Arctic drilling in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Big Oil couldn’t wait. They loaded up their drilling ships and set sail as fast as possible ready to make all those environmentalists eat their words. But they didn’t get far.
In an embarrassing turn of events, a Shell oil drilling ship lost its mooring and ran aground in an Alaskan harbor on Saturday. Called the “Discoverer,” the ship is owned by Noble Corp, and is among a Shell fleet to soon head north for planned exploratory drilling in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
No damage was caused, to the harbor or the vessel, but still. If they can’t even keep the ship on course, what makes them so sure they can drill for oil in a completely foreign, frozen, deepwater environment without making a more serious mistake?
“Environmentalists say the anchorage problem is yet another reason to question Shell’s Arctic plan, particularly after the same vessel ran into a mooring problem in a severe storm in New Zealand waters last year,” reports the Daily Mail.