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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:20 AM

Some offshore Arctic waters to be leased for energy drilling, US says

Source: MSNBC.com

Parts of America’s Arctic waters, long a battleground between environmentalists and the energy industry, will be open for oil and natural gas drilling in four years, the Obama administration said Tuesday -- the same day Shell announced it had successfully tested a new spill containment system for its planned Arctic exploration this summer.

Details will be released Thursday, but Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters the idea is to adopt "targeted leasing" -- opening some areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas for drilling while protecting others critical for native subsistence and ecosystem health.

"There is no viable way to clean up oil spilled into the Arctic Ocean," Kristen Miller of the Alaska Wilderness League said in a statement. "The Arctic is perhaps the most extreme region on the planet with subzero temperatures, hurricane force storms and long periods of darkness. Spill response capacity is practically nonexistent in these remote, icy waters -- the nearest Coast Guard station is more than 1,000 miles away."

Shell is required to have a flotilla of spill response boats should its capping system fail, and Salazar said no commercial drilling would proceed if Interior concludes that spills cannot be contained


Read more: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/26/12422295-some-offshore-arctic-waters-to-be-leased-for-energy-drilling-us-says?lite



Guess we lost this one to Shell.

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sinkingfeeling Jun 2012 OP
LeFleur1 Jun 2012 #1
leftyohiolib Jun 2012 #2
bupkus Jun 2012 #4
leftyohiolib Jun 2012 #5
Hell Hath No Fury Jun 2012 #3

Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:31 AM

1. It's Getting Harder

and harder to convince myself to cast a vote for this administration. Does it really matter which party does this ridiculous nonsense? Yes, we know Mitt and his bosses would be a disaster, but this kind of pandering to big oil seems to be of the same mindset as Mitt's buyers.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:49 AM

2. blah blah blah

here comes the bullshit

Shell is required to have a flotilla of spill response boats should its capping system fail, and Salazar said no commercial drilling would proceed if Interior concludes that spills cannot be contained/ no one will check, documents will be falsified, and anyone trying to do the right thing will be fired
companies always "overlook" saftey then bribe congress and lie their asses off to everyone when the spill happens. they are liars and cant be trusted

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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:42 PM

5. they need only go back to the bp blowout. that's how corporations handle safety issues

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:52 AM

3. Famous last words, Mr. Salazar.

Fuck this shit.

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