Heavy ice could delay Shell Arctic drilling

“The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade could postpone the start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August,” says this article on phys.org.

“A high pressure zone over the coast of Alaska, low winter temperatures and certain ocean currents have combined to bring unusually large amounts of ice not only to Alaska’s northern coast, but farther south in the Bering Sea as well, National Weather Service officials said.

“We’re seeing multiyear ice that they’ve not seen in such large quantities in over a decade,” said Shell’s vice president for Alaska operations, Pete Slaiby. Of particular concern, he said, is the region of the Chukchi Sea around the company’s Berger Prospect, which in normal years would be accessible by mid-July. This year, it may be unreachable until late July or early August.

Although offshore drilling operators in the 1980s and 1990s might have used icebreakers to plow a path to ice-bound drilling sites, Shell has committed to avoid icebreakers as a means of minimizing disturbances to wildlife, including polar bears, walrus and bowhead whales.”

See entire article:
http://phys.org/news/2012-05-heavy-ice-shell-alaska-arctic.html

Thanks to Marc Morano for this link


14 thoughts on “Heavy ice could delay Shell Arctic drilling”

  1. Which makes having access to drilling sites in the Lower 48 even more crucial to energy independence.

  2. “Shell has committed……….minimizing disturbance to wildlife including polar bears, walrus and bowhead whales. This should include Al Gore as well basking on an iceberg enjoying his so-calle “global Warming.”

    • tell the japanese fleet where the Gorewhales seen basking.
      that one they CAN harpoon for research, with my blessing 🙂

  3. this report cannot be true as NASA stated the arctic will be ice free or near to it by 09/22/2012

  4. Real Science covered this story at http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/record-ice-causing-big-oil-death-spiral/, my comment:

    You could say “this is not your father’s global warming.”
    When they predicted in the 1980s over and over again that by now it would be hotter than a WT, and snow would be a thing of the past, and Antarctica and the Arctic would be nearly all melted even in winter, and that by now many low lying areas and countries would be flooded by a bulging sea, I’m sure they knew they were full of bull. They just thought they’d get their policies enacted soon, and by the time now came around, it would be too late, a fait accompli.
    Yet they continue to do the same thing. Just a shrill and wearisome cycle of continuous doom and gloom. Is it ever going to stop? Will this broken record of obviously false and laughable proclamations of doom ever cease? Spare us. No mas! Por favor.

  5. ROFLMAO!!! too funny!
    they fell for the warmist spin and grabbed sites that could well remain iced over for decades.
    🙂 oh this is poetic.

  6. “Although offshore drilling operators in the 1980s and 1990s might have used icebreakers to plow a path to ice-bound drilling sites, Shell has committed to avoid icebreakers as a means of minimizing disturbances to wildlife, including polar bears, walrus and bowhead whales”

    Wasn’t there just a big blockbuster movie about the rescue of whales trapped in the ice? Also wasn’t it just this year there were some belugas or narwhals trapped in the ice a folks were lamenting their fate? Seems like ice breakers would be a help rather than a hinderance.

  7. The rich and mighty elite keep on making fools of themselves with their “global warming” failure. Kain is crying over them!

  8. Ok, I live in the arctic. I see it first hand on a daily basis. This information is completely wrong. Its warmer here than it has ever been and the environment is suffering.

    Now, I don’t know if its really CO2 (I some how doubt it), but temp’s are raising. Summer is coming earlier and earlier and we are breaking temp records on a monthly basis. This winter it didn’t even get below -30c. When I moved here a decade ago, it was -40c to -50c for the entire winter.

    Don’t believe the propaganda from either side. Fly up here and check it yourself.

  9. Let ‘Global Warming’ be true!!I pray and hope it is….why? Because the Holocene is coming to an end! that is a fact. And when it does…….A whole new set of problems will come with it.

    Sure we will gain a little land as the Ocean levels drop, hey we might even find a lot of the past/lost civilizations that are now buried under 100 of feet of water from when we entered the Holocene(research it, it is true). But before the Earth is able to balance it self out and adjust to the next glaciation period……..I’m afraid there will be a lot of famine and war……we’ll be fighting in the streets for food!, again…..that will be a fact!

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