Feds Launch Urgent Review of Arctic Drilling
Alaska accident renews debate on Shell exploration
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 3:30 AM CST
This image provided by the US Coast Guard shows the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island, Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013.    (AP Photo/US Coast Guard)

(Newser) – An accident involving a Shell drill ship in Alaskan waters has prompted an urgent Interior Department review of oil and gas activities in Arctic waters. The running aground of the Kulluk rig is just the latest in a series of accidents and blunders involving Shell equipment in the region and critics say the incidents show that the company is incapable of drilling safely for oil in Arctic waters, the New York Times reports.

"We’ve repeatedly been told Shell is the best in the business, and so we can only conclude after this series of mishaps that the best in the business is simply not good enough for the Arctic," says a Greenpeace campaign director. The 60-day review, which will probe Shell's safety management systems, may end up delaying or scaling back the company's $4.5 billion Arctic exploration plans even if the Kulluk rig is able to return to service.

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Jan 25, 2013 12:34 PM CST
Sooner or later we will elect another Ike Eisenhower who built the interstate highway system; someone with the political will and tenacity to get things done. He will pick up the phone and call T. Boone Pickens before he drops dead and get on with refueling America with natural gas. Then we can stop kissing mid-east ass and get America back in the business or business.
Jan 21, 2013 7:51 AM CST
Shocking that a "Greenpeace campaign director" would be opposed to drilling.
Jan 9, 2013 8:41 AM CST
As usual, our dimwitted officials are running helter skelter, making everything impossible to the point we won't be drilling in the Artic, but the rest of the world will. We've already seen the bullheaded antics of Obama over the gul oil and what that resulted in - major higher prices as they used it as an excuse to stop new permits for over a year. If Obama had wanted to do something, he would have gotten involved at the beginning of the oil spill, instead of sitting by and letting things go to hell, and then using it as an excuse of why we needed to stop permits.