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Duh O' The Day: GAO says Shell's Arctic spill response plans might be lacking


After what happened with the BP Gulf oil disaster, the explosion that took so many lives, that devastated so many more, you'd think that we'd wise up about oil drilling, especially deep water drilling. Especially drilling in areas that are even more difficult to clean up in the event of another deadly catastrophe.

But no. Learning from our mistakes and moving on to clean, renewable energy sources is something many continue to resist, despite the toxic effect of fossil fuels on our planet and its inhabitants.

So now Shell is salivating at the thought of drilling in the Beaufort Sea, maybe even by this summer, and they're being aided and abetted by the Interior Department who issued them permits to do just that.

The L.A. Times:

Days after the Obama administration approved Royal Dutch Shell's oil spill response plan for drilling in Arctic waters off the Alaska coast, an independent federal report said that Shell's plan fails to take into account the risks unique to oil production in harsh, icy offshore conditions. [...]

The report raised questions about whether wellhead equipment could withstand ice that scoured along the sea floor.

Interior officials told the report's authors that if a blowout occurred after the drilling season ended in October, the sea's surface ice could make it difficult for Shell's icebreakers to get to the accident site and install containment equipment. [...]

If a blowout did occur, Shell and the oil industry might not have enough boats and people in place to deal with it, the GAO report said.

There's more where that came from.

Shell's spokesperson said (italics mine), "We believe our plan, vessels and equipment are the Arctic standard. In addition to Arctic capping and containment systems, our three-tier response plan was specifically assembled to mitigate environmental impact in the hugely unlikely event of well control incident."

The last thing I would put any stock in would be Shell's "beliefs" and reliance on what they determine to be "unlikely," especially after the "unlikely" Fukushima event that nobody expected. Rule of thumb: Expect the unexpected.

And then prevent it from happening by avoiding past behavior. You know what they say about doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.


VIDEO- Andrew Sullivan on Hardball: How President Obama's long game will outsmart his critics


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You can also read all about it in Sully's piece here:

If I sound biased, that’s because I am. Biased toward the actual record, not the spin; biased toward a president who has conducted himself with grace and calm under incredible pressure, who has had to manage crises not seen since the Second World War and the Depression, and who as yet has not had a single significant scandal to his name. “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” George Orwell once wrote. What I see in front of my nose is a president whose character, record, and promise remain as grotesquely underappreciated now as they were absurdly hyped in 2008. And I feel confident that sooner rather than later, the American people will come to see his first term from the same calm, sane perspective. And decide to finish what they started.

And Sully's article gets a great magazine cover as seen in Paddy's post, Newsweek: Why are Obama’s critics so dumb?

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Photo of the Day- Newsweek: Why are Obama's critics so dumb?


I want to read the article first, but the headline makes me laugh. Via.


VIDEO- Rachel Maddow: Flood waters threaten Nebraska nuke plant


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Hugh Kaufman (senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) asked if the Nebraska situation was Fukushima 2.0, here. When I quoted him, I was accused of being an alarmist... for publishing his question.  I was also called an alarmist when I quoted early news reports calling the Fukushima nuclear disaster "out of control."

Now I'm posting a video of Rachel Maddow, who has genuine concerns about the Nebraska plant. There I go, being all alarmist again.

Of course, I’m sure nobody expected any of these events to happen.

FYI, here is more information from about a week ago.