After months of mistakes and setbacks in its effort to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, Shell recently lost control of its Kulluk drilling rig in stormy seas, and the vessel ran aground in Alaska. Shell’s second Arctic drill rig is now under criminal investigation. It is time to face the facts that oil companies are not capable of drilling safely in one of the world’s most remote and challenging environments.
Shell has lost control of its two massive Arctic drilling rigs. Its critical oil spill containment dome failed so catastrophically during sea trials that a government observer said it was “crushed like a beer can.” It has been chased off a drill site by a 360-square-mile ice floe.
The hazards of drilling in the Arctic Ocean’s extreme conditions are clearer than ever.
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