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Shell’s Arctic Farce

Comment posted on our Shell Blog by a long term contributor: “Outsider”

Comment relates to the article: Shell learning about the Arctic the hard way

Shell sent helicopters to the Arctic that were not equipped with de-icing equipment? Presumably because de-icing equipment is not needed in the Gulf of Mexico? Maybe someone should have told them that the Arctic is a little colder. Aircraft icing is a problem anywhere the temperatures approach freezing, and helicopters are particularly vulnerable in icing conditions. Maybe Shell could have spoken to their colleagues in the North Sea?

Related posting by”Relieved” on our Shell Blog (a former Shell Oil Co engineer)

Read the comment about Shell’s Helo’s. Where the devil was the Coast Guard and FAA. Those things should not have been allowed to fly in Alaska. Helo’s don’t tolerate icing conditions very well. In fact, they don’t tolerate them at all. They simply drop from the sky if not properly equipped. Let’s hear it for Shell’s management team. They are operating on the edge of criminal negligence.

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