At 4:30 PM, Washington DC time Thursday, outgoing Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and others, held a press conference to announce the release of their expedited 60-day review of Shell’s 2012 Alaska Arctic drilling operations, which were plagued by a series of fiascos.
|By: EdwardTeller Thursday March 14, 2013 2:49 pm|
|By: EdwardTeller Wednesday February 27, 2013 8:00 pm|
On Tuesday, Shell Oil’s wounded conical drill rig, the Kulluk, was towed out of Kiliuda Bay on Kodiak Island, headed back to Dutch Harbor, and from there, to a Korean shipyard.
Today, the oil giant announced no drilling this year.
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday February 24, 2013 7:00 pm|
Friday, I ended a diary on the possible criminal investigation of Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling ship, Noble Discoverer, with a “side note,” describing my frustration that more and more, I feel less certain humans are capable of avoiding a climate catastrophe that might even turn into an extinction event, or something akin to the effects of the Toba eruption, about 70,000 years ago.
In Antarctica, a relatively small ice sheet, Pine Glacier, and an undersea rock, throttle back the galloping movement of Thwaites Glacier. Were the throttling to stop, Penn State Prof. Richard Alley observed at a conference earlier in February, “if Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica were to cease being pinched or grounded its surge would raise sea level by three meters.
|By: EdwardTeller Saturday February 23, 2013 7:52 am|
In the first of what may become a cascade of U.S. government announcements, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday that they have turned their findings on the drill vessel Noble Discoverer over to the U.S. Justice Department:
|By: EdwardTeller Tuesday February 12, 2013 12:25 pm|
Shell Oil has finally gone public with the story first carried anywhere back in January by firedoglake, that their conical drill rig, Kulluk, will be taken from Kiliuda Bay in Kodiak to Asia for major repairs. Additionally, their powered drill rig, Noble Discoverer, berthed in Seward, Alaska since being impounded by the U.S. Coast Guard in November, will be “dry towed” across the North Pacific to a shipyard in Asia. Their destination is almost certainly South Korea.
|By: EdwardTeller Saturday February 2, 2013 4:00 pm|
At Shell Oil’s annual Results Conference in London, Shell CEO Peter Voser delivered a prepared address on the company’s global performance during 2012. It included little information about the energy giant’s 2012 Alaska Arctic drilling season fiascos we don’t already know.
|By: EdwardTeller Tuesday January 29, 2013 6:12 pm|
Today, Dr. Charles Monnett’s legal representatives, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, revealed that the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior quietly reopened their case against Monnett sometime between his reinstatement and December of 2012
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday January 6, 2013 7:55 am|
Both Rick Steiner and I will be making efforts this coming week to encourage Alaska Democrats to get Sen. Begich to open a U.S. Senate investigation or hearings on this gigantic set of troubling, unanswered questions.
|By: EdwardTeller Friday January 4, 2013 2:19 pm|
Things just took a turn for the worse for Shell Alaska, and their scam to get two oil drilling rigs the hell out of Alaska before 2013, in order to avoid paying taxes here.
|By: EdwardTeller Thursday January 3, 2013 5:54 am|
This week’s grounding of the Kulluk may have actually been inevitable. A new, untried design, the Aiviq, took at least one too many chances when deciding to not take shelter – there were no lack of good options – about a week ago, as weather reports rapidly worsened in the north Gulf of Alaska.