For years, environmental advocates pleaded with the U.S. government to keep Big Oil from getting its grubby little hands on the Arctic.

Thanks to pressure from industry lobbyists and politicians with pockets full of Big Oil’s money, the Obama Administration chose to ignore the scientists who said the Arctic is too fragile, and we’d have no way to clean up a spill if it happened. They ignored the environmental activists who said the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was proof that Big Oil lacked a safety culture, and needed more regulation and oversight to make sure people and ecosystems were protected from toxic contamination.

Instead, President Obama gave Shell the green light to start off-shore Arctic drilling in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Big Oil couldn’t wait. They loaded up their drilling ships and set sail as fast as possible ready to make all those environmentalists eat their words. But they didn’t get far.

In an embarrassing turn of events, a Shell oil drilling ship lost its mooring and ran aground in an Alaskan harbor on Saturday. Called the “Discoverer,” the ship is owned by Noble Corp, and is among a Shell fleet to soon head north for planned exploratory drilling in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

No damage was caused, to the harbor or the vessel, but still. If they can’t even keep the ship on course, what makes them so sure they can drill for oil in a completely foreign, frozen, deepwater environment without making a more serious mistake?

“Environmentalists say the anchorage problem is yet another reason to question Shell’s Arctic plan, particularly after the same vessel ran into a mooring problem in a severe storm in New Zealand waters last year,” reports the Daily Mail.

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Responses to "Shell’s First Accident Occurs En Route To Arctic Drilling"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Stop destroying Earth!

  2. Anonymous says:

    We have the technology to create alternative energy sources . We need to insist on it!

  3. Stop this NOW

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please stop destroying earth our land love and light xxx

  5. megan willcocks says:

    greed has and still is killing the precous connection with mother earth.we need to nurture and protect what gives us life.

  6. feline says:

    Please stop destoying Planet

  7. Anonymous says:

    I dont know why we dont just nuke Afghanistan and take their oil! Then in about 60 years make it a resort for Americans! Ignorant? Yes. Arrogant? Yes. Who cares? Not me except for the fact that we export over half our oil thats pretty lame!

  8. Centre Mikao says:

    Everybody knows when is good or not. Make a good choice!!!!

  9. Greed and arrogance is what keep the oil "kingpins" going. If a great "green" energy idea is created that knock it out, as well as super green vehicles.

    "Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."-American Indian Proverb.

  10. "Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." ~ American Indian Proverb

  11. Anonymous says:

    They should get everyone of these corp. and do what they did to Mark Wahlberg in the, "Three Kings" and shove it (oil) down there throats.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Selfish. It's not just our planet. And this generation.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Joan Conway
    It's all about thier money. No one care about mother earth and all the animals that were here way before us.GOD HELP US

  14. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I share e-mail we have no need for 2 e-mails. You just lost a signer.

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