TAG: Alaska

Going Back for More

Oil drilling problems

Amidst the outrage from environmental advocacy groups after Shell Oil grounded its oil rig off of the Alaskan Coast, the company still has full intentions of returning to the waters to drill for oil in 2013. Shell is going back for more, even after proving to themselves and the country that the company simply cannot compete with the natural weather and climate of the region. The company was unable to protect its equipment during a winter storm, which is understandable, but certainly says something about the area they are in and the dangers of operating there. Further, the area in… read more

Shell Oil Keeps Digging

An oil rig

At a certain point, any decision which backfires stops being excusable. Stops being inexcusable and eventually becomes embarrassing. Shell Oil has managed to transcend even the embarrassing stage and is now existing in a pure lunacy stage where embarrassing cannot reach it. Further, embarrassment requires that one knows better from worse, right from wrong, and ultimately, it is difficult to discern if the executives of Shell Oil do know basic tenants of morality. On the last day of 2012, December 31st, the Shell oil rig “Kulluk” ran aground off the coast of Alaska off of Kodiak Island, prompting a 500-plus… read more

Next Oil Victim: Alaska

Oil drilling

In what comes as a surprise to no one with any semblance of common sense or critical thinking skills, Shell’s Arctic drilling rig ran aground off of the Alaskan coast, just as experts predicted, on the evening of December 31st—a fitting way to end 2012, and begin 2013. Fortunately, the Coast Guard did not report any visible sheen on the water, signaling that no oil has leaked into the ocean. The Alaskan coast dodged an ecological and environmental disaster, and Shell dodged losing about 139,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 12,000 gallons of lubrication oil and hydraulic fluid. No harm,… read more

Safe Sources of Energy?

Safe Sources of Energy?

Hydraulic fracturing processes hold many secrets. Safety information held by Michigan state regulators state that one ingredient, an unidentified solvent, can cause damage to the kidney and liver. A subsidiary of Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR) pumped a mixture of chemicals identified only as “EXP-F0173-11” into a half-dozen oil wells in rural Karnes County, Texas, in July. A year-old Texas law requires drillers to disclose chemicals they pump underground during fracking, but the law was unable to compel transparency for EXP-F0173-11. The solvent and several other ingredients in the product are considered a trade secret by Superior Well Services, the Nabor… read more

Drilling in Alaskan Seas

Drilling in Alaskan Seas

On August 27th, oil giant Shell began exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea, in addition to another drilling rig being anchored in the Beaufort Sea. This marks the first time an oil drill has touched the sea floor in two decades. Shell received a waiver from U.S. air pollution regulations regarding the generators on its drill ship, which allowed for the drilling to begin. Further, Shell is required to tow its repurposed oil recovery barge into Barrow, Alaska after it passes the U.S. Coast Guard inspection before any drilling into the oil-bearing zone can commence. The U.S. Coast Guard is… read more