Scientists say they haven't seen these features before.
What could go wrong?
"The shot struck me immediately."
A drill ship that Shell intends to use to drill oil wells in Arctic waters off Alaska cannot be moored at the Port of Seattle without a new permit, Seattle city officials said Monday.
After sending salvos at President Barack Obama and federal government bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., top Republicans in the Alaska Legislature have a new focus for their ire: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle's mayor and city council, foes who they say would stymie oil development in the Arctic.
The rules will be open for public comment for 60 days. Shell is the only company with immediate plans to drill in the U.S
Shell has poured billions of dollars into offshore Arctic drilling, but no matter how much it spends, it cannot make the effort anything but a terrifying gamble. And if Shell, the most profitable company on Earth, can't buy its way to safety in Alaska, nobody can.
Before the 2010 election, the House, under Democratic control, attempted to raise the liability cap. When the Republicans took over in January of 2011, that effort died a swift death. No legislative action to improve drilling safety or enact comprehensive policy has been taken. None.
"Our goal remains flawless operations," the company declared in a statement posted to its website. "Even a 'near miss' is
We need to decide whether it is appropriate to lease sensitive areas of the ocean for oil and gas development. To make smart decisions, though, we need solid scientific information -- and that information does not exist for most "frontier" areas.
The callous greed in the oil patch seems to know no limits. Here we have a company, Royal Dutch Shell, bursting with earnings, at the apogee of its yearly returns, going after the last dollar or Euro to make things fatter still.
The icy waters north of Alaska are home to polar bears, walruses and whales; it's a fragile environment, and our understanding of this unique marine ecosystem is not well developed.
Drilling in the inhospitable waters of the Arctic Oceans presents far more logistical and environmental challenges than the well-charted North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
We must envision and fight for a sustainable and clean energy future for our sake, our future generation and for all life on earth.