We did it for the future
by Lucy Lawless
© Nigel Marple / Greenpeace
- In July the Noble Discoverer slipped anchor in the sheltered waters of Dutch Harbor, Alaska;
- In November the engine of the drill ship caught fire as it returned to Dutch Harbor, and had to be put out by specialist fire crews;
- 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 said that the sub-sea capping stack was crushed like a beer can.
- On 31 December, Shell's sister Arctic drilling oil rig, the Kulluk, ran aground off the coast of Alaska whilst 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;
- In January 2013 Shell were cited by the US Environmental Protection Agency for violating its air pollution permits for both drill vessels;
- Also in January, the US Government launched a review of Shell's drilling plans in the Arctic.