8 reasons why Shell can't be trusted in the Arctic

Posted by Fran G — 3 January 2013 at 3:54pm - Comments
Shell's Arctic oil rig runs aground in Alaska
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Shell's Arctic oil rig hits the rocks. Should we trust them with the Arctic?

Shell's most recent 'mishap' a few days ago was not the first setback the oil giant has suffered in its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. In fact, it's the eighth in a growing list of reasons why Shell should not be trusted in the Arctic.

1. Shell has no idea how much an oil spill clean-up would cost

In March 2012, in response to questions from the UK's Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee, Peter Velez, Shell’s head of emergency response in the Arctic admitted that Shell had not assessed the costs of a clean-up operation in the Arctic, leaving shareholders exposed to potentially huge financial losses.

2. Shell's barge, the Arctic Challenger, was not deemed safe enough by the US government

In July last year the US authorities announced that a key part of Shell’s oil spill response fleet hadn’t been allowed to sail to the Arctic because it did not meet US Coast Guard safety standards. The ship, Arctic Challenger, is a 36-year-old barge used to drag safety equipment through sea ice. But US authorities are not happy with what they’ve seen on-board and didn’t feel confident the Arctic Challenger could withstand the extremely harsh Arctic environment. Originally Shell agreed that the ship would be able to withstand a 100-year storm, but company engineers are now saying that it is “no longer appropriate” for the barge to meet such onerous standards.

3. US Coast Guard "not confident" with Shell's dispersants in the event of an oil spill

In an interview with Bloomberg the commandant of the US Coast Guard expressed doubts about the impact of dispersants in Alaska in the event of an oil spill, saying - “I’m not confident what it will do in the colder water up in Alaska”. Shell has included dispersant use as a major part of its oil spill response plan for the Arctic.

4. Shell's drill ship runs aground in a 'stiff breeze'

On 15 July Shell’s drill ship, the Noble Discoverer, ran aground in the sheltered and relatively calm Dutch Harbour, Alaska, in a 35mph wind. Both the Noble Discoverer and the Kulluk are ageing, rusty vessels and not the state of the art fleet that Shell has been boasting about. The Kulluk has been mothballed for the last 13 years whilst the Frontier Discoverer was built in 1966.

5. Shell's drill ship catches fire

In November the engine of the drill ship, the Noble Discoverer, caught fire as it returned to Dutch Harbour, Alaska, and had to be put out by specialist fire crews.

6. Shell's capping stack safety system 'crushed like a beer can' during testing

In December it was revealed that the oil spill containment system that Shell was supposed to have on-site in the Arctic was badly damaged in September testing. A Federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement representative disclosed that the sub-sea capping stack was “crushed like a beer can”.

7. Shell's Alaskan Vice-President admits: "There will be spills"

In an interview with the BBC, Pete Slaiby admits that an oil spill is what people were most concerned about. "If you ask me will there ever be spills, I imagine there will be spills," he said.

8. Shell's Arctic oil rig hits the rocks

On 31 December 2012, the oil rig, the Kulluk, ran aground off the coast of Alaska while being towed back to harbour in Seattle. It had hit heavy weather in the gulf of Alaska a few days earlier which caused the 400ft towing line to break and the rig to drift free. The tug managed to reconnect with the Kulluk but it “experienced multiple engine failures” 50 miles south of Kodiak Island, causing the rig to drift free once again in 35ft seas and winds of 40mph. The rig eventually ran aground on Monday after another attempt to tow it away. The Kulluk has 139,000 gallons of diesel and 12,000 gallons of hydraulic oil on board but as yet no spills have been observed.  Teams on the ground are currently still trying to secure the rig.

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The Discoverer is so old and rusting that for years it sat outside of Los Angeles and was used by nesting birds. Due to the birds nesting on its rusting decks it was made a sanctuary. Later it had to be cleaned of inches thick bird poo, before it was restored to the floating accident waiting to happen...

Go here for more information

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/will-shells-grounded-drilling-ship-impact-us-energy-policy-arctic

LW

The Kulluck is actually lucky that it ran aground where it did. The coastguard station is very close to where it ran aground and so easilly on hand to assist. Had it been where it should have been a thousand miles away it would have been isolated and would have needed to rely on Shells own response team, which given the age and state of the vessells would have taken some time to reach. The likely outcome being a breakup and fuel spill. The salvagers who have been on board today, assited in the italian cruise ship costa concordian when that ship sank, not looking too good there then?

If the Kulluk is too badly damaged then all drilling will be off, there has to be at least two drill platforms at any one time in any drilling area in case of a blow out, so the personell can be evacuated and a capping procedure put in place, Shell currently only has two at its disposal.

LW

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