But over the last two weeks, Shell has fessed up that they can’t meet the air pollution reductions they agreed to, the Coast Guard found Shell’s clean-up barge inadequate, and this weekend a Shell drill ship came dangerously close to running aground on its way to the Arctic.
Shell has been trying for months to get approval to drill in the Arctic this summer. To get the permits, Shell made promises about the kinds of equipment they would use to reduce air pollution and clean up a potential spill. But now, with just a few days left before they want to start drilling, they’ve admitted that their equipment isn’t up to par – and they have no way to fix it before they start drilling.
Just this weekend, a Shell drill ship headed to the Polar Bear Seas almost ran aground while moored in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. 35 mph winds pushed the vessel within feet of the shore. What would happen if the ship met the gale-force winds and 25-foot waves of the Polar Bear Seas?
Shell is still trying to convince government agencies that what they have is good enough, even though it’s not what they agreed on – and it’s clear that Shell is not ready for a disaster. Shell wants us to trust them.
Do you trust Shell? Me neither. And the Obama administration shouldn’t either.
Thank you for everything you do for our environment,
Sierra Club Arctic Campaign Director