Ambientalistas critican el plan sobre derrames en el Ártico

Shell arctic drillingJoe Hitchon,  IPS, 7 de febrero de 2013

Ambientalistas alertaron sobre la fragilidad de un plan inadecuado para proteger al océano Ártico de derrames de petróleo, tras la reunión que mantuvieron en Suecia los ministros de Ambiente de los países con territorios en el área.  Según el Greenpeace, una copia filtrada del documento sugiere que los ocho miembros del Consejo Ártico no lograron ponerse de acuerdo el lunes 4 sobre los detalles técnicos necesarios para hacer frente a un vertido de magnitud. Ello pese a que incluso abrieron la puerta para más perforaciones y exploraciones petroleras en la zona. Continue lendo

Revisiting An Arctic Tale of Ice and Shell

Subhankar Banerjee,, September 14, 2012

Last week as Shell was getting ready to poke the first hole in the Chukchi Sea floor in Arctic Alaska to begin exploratory drilling, I was getting ready to give two talks in Alaska—the concluding lecture of the Next North Symposium at the Anchorage Museum on 9/8, and one at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks on 9/11 as part of the Northern Voices Speaker Series hosted by Northern Alaska Environmental Center in partnership with the Gwich’in Steering Committee.

While there something remarkable happened over the weekend—perhaps the shortest–lived “beginning” of drilling anywhere. “Only a day after Shell Alaska began drilling a landmark offshore oil well in the Arctic, the company was forced on Monday to pull off the well in the face of an approaching ice pack. With the ice floe about 10 miles away, the Noble Discoverer drilling rig was disconnecting from its seafloor anchor Monday afternoon in the Chukchi Sea, about 70 miles from the northwest coast of Alaska,” the Los Angeles Times reported. There is much more to this story of ice and Shell. Continue lendo

Shell receives permit to drill in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea

The company has been granted permission to begin preparation work at exploratory drilling sites in the Arctic

Associated Press,, August 31, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell has been given a permit to begin preparation work at exploratory drilling sites in the Arctic while it awaits certification for its oil spill response barge, US interior secretary, Ken Salazar, announced onThursday. “We are allowing certain limited preparatory activities that we know can be done in a safe manner,” he said in a teleconference with reporters.

The company was granted permission to starting digging with its drill ship in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s north-west coast, but only into the layer of ocean bottom that’s above oil reserves. Shell can dig 20-by-40ft mud-line cellars, which will eventually hold and protect a well’s blowout preventer 40ft below the seabed. The company also is authorised to drill narrow pilot holes, which reveal obstructions or gas pockets, down another 1,500ft. Continue lendo

Environmental Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Naomi Klein, Wendell Berry, Maude Barlow, Bill McKibben and Others,, June 23, 2011

Dear Friends,

This will be a slightly longer letter than common for the internet age—it’s serious stuff.

The short version is we want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the hottest and stickiest weeks of the summer and engaging in civil disobedience that will likely get you arrested. Continue lendo

Deepwater Horizon Fears Resurface as Rigs Probe for Oil Under Arctic Ice

ExxonMobil and Shell compete to drill in wilderness despite Greenpeace’s fears a broken well could gush for years

Robin McKie, Science editor, The Guardian, August 29, 2010

In a few days’ time, officials at the Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum in Greenland will reveal the winners of a new round of licences to drill for oil and gas in its waters. The announcement promises to be explosive.

Among those waiting are most of the world’s leading oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Shell and Norway’s StatOil. Watching with equal attention will be the planet’s leading green groups, who they have pledged to block every effort to drill in the Arctic.
“The Arctic is the last pristine refuge in the northern hemisphere and it is simply not acceptable for oil companies to come here to drill and risk triggering a disaster that would dwarf the Deepwater Horizon spill,” said Ben Ayliffe, senior energy campaigner at Greenpeace. Its ship, the Esperanza, is currently trying to disrupt drilling in the Davis Strait off the Greenland mainland. “We are going to make a real fight of this,”he said.

Last week the future of drilling in the Arctic hit the headlines when it emerged that BP, in the wake of the disastrous oil spill off America’s Gulf Coast, would not be bidding for contracts in the region. But the other oil giants will. And it is not hard to understand why. Continue lendo