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Shell pushes Arctic oil drilling back to 2013

GasBuddy Blog -- Earlier this week Shell Oil announced that it was forced to put off completing wells in the Alaskan Arctic for another year after a spill containment dome was damaged during testing.

Shell says it will continue to perform preliminary work on wells in the region but it will not be able to drill for oil there until the summer of 2013.

Analysts say it's a significant setback for Shell's six-year, $4.5 billion effort to access Arctic oil. According to the New York Times, Shell's inability to control containment equipment in calm water under predictable test conditions suggest that the company may not be able to stop a sudden leak if less favorable conditions arose; i.e., powerful ice floes, gusty winds that complicate a...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:29:19 AM

hope they learned from BP and Exxon's failures and mistakes.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 9:48:12 AM

ok
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Eagerly awaited
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 6:25:43 AM

Alrighty then.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 5:07:34 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 5:04:41 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 5:04:33 AM

excuse to not to have a shortage so prices can stay high
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 5:03:49 AM

Hope they get it together
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 5:02:34 AM

Thanks for posting this article!
Rick52
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 5:00:44 AM

The Price of Oil makes it less profitable...Not the BS Excuse they say..
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:59:24 AM

Go.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:57:23 AM

could care less no money out of my pockets
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:55:30 AM

Everybody "pisses & moans" about Big Oil profits while forgetting about the amount of money spent on R&D, not to mention how many jobs they create.
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Wateing to see if obummer is re elected
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K
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:52:45 AM

We have plenty of oil we just need new refineries that work.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:52:23 AM

Maybe a different company could do better. At least they are catching the problem before it happens.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:48:33 AM

Hummm
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:47:38 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:47:11 AM

Perhaps they are planning higher oil prices in 2013? Wouldn't surprise me!
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:46:50 AM

OK.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:46:38 AM

Déjà vu
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:45:12 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:42:57 AM

Go Shell
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:41:56 AM

Just gitterdun.....
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:41:23 AM

Just make sure it is done right.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:38:17 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:35:50 AM

I liked it when Shell takes the extra safety measures.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:35:50 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:34:31 AM

do it safely
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:23:29 AM

Safety first!
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:18:59 AM

I agree They are trying to do it the right way
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:16:18 AM

At least they are trying to do it the right way.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:07:49 AM

yawn
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:07:38 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:59:45 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:59:12 AM

Do it right the first time. We can't afford these screw ups with the environment or the commodity.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:51:53 AM

Nice
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:51:25 AM

...NO ARCTIC DRILLING !...
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:51:18 AM

Safety first
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:49:36 AM

Shell is pushing back the Arctic oil drilling based on the economics of not drilling during the winter in the Arctic. Their move is actually part of a well thought out plan.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:49:30 AM

Taking time out to consider safety? Doesn't sound like any oil company I know.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:46:43 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:46:31 AM

Bad news for supplies now.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:34:50 AM

'.....it was forced to put off completing wells in the Alaskan Arctic for another year after a spill containment dome was damaged during testing.'
Better safe than sorry! Summer of 2013 is better than doing something in haste and something really bad goes wrong (Don't Do a BP!). Make sure ALL of your equipment is operating correctly and safely. NO oil spills or black ice wanted or needed! All SOP's are adhered to, there is an emergency 'Plan of Action' in force for workers and their safety And an oil spill team, equipment and containment ready to be used if needed.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, has a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:34:48 AM

k
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:31:19 AM

Eventually, it will be able to.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:23:56 AM

Old news
lenasdude
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:21:53 AM

Strategic withdrawl.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:20:50 AM

We have too much crude now. Wait and do it right!
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 3:19:22 AM

Glad they are willing to check this.
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