First it was a problem with the Royal Dutch Shell’s clean air permits, now it is a problem with the government’s ‘Bush era’ environmental impact statement. And the U.S. government doesn’t seem to know when that impact statement will be completed. Maybe it should have been done right the first time.
However, does anyone get the idea that maybe the Fed’s really don’t want RD Shell to do any drilling in the Beaufort Sea this year?
This is no surprise. An ‘accident/incident’ by RD Shell and their antiquated drilling fleet that would lead to any significant spill would trigger a fire storm of criticism and would be politically disastrous for the Obama administration. And neither the Fed’s or Shell have the assets in place to clean up any incident of ‘significance’. And clearly the administration does not trust Shell anymore than they trust BP. But then, why should they? I wonder what DoI learned, or is learning, from the Navy’s investigation of Shell?
Maybe DoI should consult with Gale Norton about all of this.
I doubt RD Shell will be drilling in the Beaufort Sea anytime soon.