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Shell Mishaps Prompt U.S. Review of Arctic Oil Drilling

Bloomberg -- Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s quest for oil off Alaska’s Arctic coast will be subjected to fresh scrutiny by the U.S. Interior Department after several mishaps last year, including losing control of two drilling rigs.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the 60-day assessment of drilling in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas will be used in considering future permits for Arctic exploration. Environmental advocates said the review should lead to tighter government rules, or even force Shell to suspend its efforts.
“The administration is fully committed to exploring for potential energy resources in frontier areas such as the Arctic,” Salazar said yesterday in a statement. “The unique challenges posed by the Arctic environment demand an even higher level of scrutiny.”
Shell has spent about $


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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:47:41 AM

As it should be.
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:16:19 AM

Old
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:31:45 AM

Review is good. Hope they can make progress, though, and don;t shut it down.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:28:47 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:48:01 PM

There was no oil spilled - not even ship's fuel - so this is just a matter of learning from the mistakes and circumstances involved, then moving forward with that knowledge in mind.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 2:23:05 PM


It's about time.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:04:12 AM

They are following the rule of BP.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 8:53:39 AM

if a crab boat sinks with loss of life, do we stop crabbing..

Fix the accident and drill baby drill...
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 8:11:13 AM

at this point in time, is the reward worth the risk?
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Everyone has the answer, but nobody has a clue!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:21:22 AM

To bad they didn't follow the rules.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:18:16 AM

These big corporations hate all the regulations, but they bring it on themselves - oh, and the government rarely fines them or puts ANYBODY in jail for their dirty deeds. But don't you DARE get drunk, dear citizen. You will pay for the rest of your life! If only the SHEEPLE would wake up to this Amerika would be a better place.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:15:33 AM

OH, poor Shell: spent 4.5 billion ..... PROFIT for 2012 16 billion +

Do the math :-)
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:14:09 AM

Just drill baby drill.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:11:59 AM

Thanks Shell for giving our government something to do.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:11:21 AM

Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat won't allow drilling off the Massachusetts coast and now want to look into drilling practices off Alaska. Great to have an "expert" ask the questions.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:11:20 AM

always review
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:10:51 AM

Doesn't matter where you drill or how you move the product, it has to be done safely and with the one thing Pig-Oil lacks, "Integrity".
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:10:49 AM

One side says "drill, baby drill" and the other side says "not in my backyard." If the oil companies were willing to spend the money and set up procedures to make drilling safe, nobody would have a complaint. However, as seen by the Gulg Oil Spill, profit is the primary goal with safety taking second.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:10:09 AM

sounds like a monetary settlement is in order
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:09:37 AM

There's always a risk in everything, even political interference.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:09:26 AM

Big brother is coming!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:08:52 AM

Oversight is still required.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:08:48 AM

Oh, joy, Salazar with another excuse to halt oil exploration. Like he needed one.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:08:18 AM

It is just a matter of time that they will get it figured out.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:07:30 AM

The real problem is - they think they can fix anything. You often can't put the genie back in the bottle.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:07:19 AM

These are not the only vessels to have difficulty in those waters. They're just the only ones that get headlines.
Fishing boats also struggle in those areas. Does that mean we should ban fishing? Other cargo ships do, too. Does that mean we should stop shipping to/from Alaska?
I don't believe these particular incidents resulted in any spills. Hopefully, it will help Shell, and other companies in that area, learn how to avoid these accidents, and especially worse ones.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:07:05 AM

Too bad for Shell!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:07:01 AM

More of Barry's campaign against oil.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:06:29 AM

It's all about money, they have a Safety Culture Problem
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:06:07 AM

it can be done , if it's done right .
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:06:03 AM

drill safely
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:05:26 AM

Safety first!
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:04:24 AM

duh?
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:03:19 AM

A spill in Artic waters would have a major ecological impact. Prince William Sound (Exxon Valdese) is still contaminated and it is hundreds of miles south of these locations. RDS and Interior need to proceed extremely cautiously.

[Edited by: 1fuelish1 at 1/9/2013 8:04:00 AM EST]
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Sure
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:01:13 AM

A big mess in the making.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:00:57 AM

Ban all ocean drilling in dangerous or risky locations, then create new specific regulations for tapping into those locations.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:00:54 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:00:43 AM

if they are having control problems with their equipment then maybe they better look at their employees. maybe take away their drilling privileges till they get their act together.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:00:40 AM

Accidents happen. Anyone who says we can extract oil without a spill is lying or delusional. Comes down to what we as a community are willing to risk.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:59:09 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:58:58 AM

Any time you drill or transport a rig there will be a chance of a mishap. Like in most other situations it becomes, what is an acceptable tradeoff?
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:58:28 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:58:10 AM

gov't reviewing all the time, nothing new
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:58:05 AM

the oil companies are to care free.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:57:11 AM

Ok.
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All talk and no action. But that is what the government has turned into these days.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:56:54 AM

ok
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Here we go again. The government is going to help us.
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