What should Greenpeace call Shell’s latest “uh-oh”?
by Lisa Ramsden
Mishap. Incident. Accident. Calamity. Honestly, we're running out of words to describe what Shell has done these past six months. If you do a quick search for news articles involving Shell's Kulluk drill rig, you will find a long, less-than-flattering list of headlines. Since Shell began its voyage north towards the Chukchi Sea last summer, they have made numerous mistakes that demonstrate they are not Arctic ready. The most recent mishap, of course, being when Shell's Kulluk drill rig ran aground near Kodiak Island, Alaska last week. Due to this large incident, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior announced yesterday that they will launch an assessment of the 2012 arctic drilling operations. We wanted to remind Secretary Salazar (and all of the Department of the Interior) of Shell's terrible track record as they begin this assessment. Today, Greenpeace activists showed up at an Ocean Energy Safety Advisory meeting at the DOI to highlight Shell's failures over the past six months. The headlines speak for themselves.