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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:49 PM

Interior Dept. Expedites Review of Arctic Drilling After Accidents

Source: NYT

The Interior Department on Tuesday opened an urgent review of Arctic offshore drilling operations after a series of blunders and accidents involving Shell Oil’s drill ships and support equipment, culminating in the grounding of one of its drilling vessels last week off the coast of Alaska.

Officials said the new assessment by federal regulators could halt or scale back Shell’s program to open Alaska’s Arctic waters to oil exploration, a $4.5 billion effort that has been plagued by equipment failures, legal delays, mismanagement and bad weather.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that the expedited review, which is to be completed within 60 days, was prompted by accidents and equipment problems aboard Shell’s two Arctic drilling rigs, the Kulluk and the Noble Discoverer, as well as the Arctic Challenger, a vessel designed to respond to a potential well blowout and oil spill.

In addition, the Coast Guard announced Tuesday that it would conduct a comprehensive marine casualty investigation of the grounding of the Kulluk on Dec. 31.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/us/arctic-drilling-to-be-reviewed-in-light-of-accidents.html

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:51 PM

1. You beat me to it!

Will delete mine.

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:04 PM

2. A shame they couldn't have prevented that mismanagement and accidents with some oversight.

What the heck were Salazars people doing out there? They are supposed to be supervising drilling operations.

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:07 PM

3. Notice How NOTHING Happens Until the Shit Hits the Fan?

 

--typical crisis management--Dept. of the Interior-Style!

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