Shell Oil Company (AKA Eeeeevil Big Oil) has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. (h/t Dan Springer at FoxNews.com)
Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. Heâ€™s especially frustrated over the appeal boardâ€™s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. â€œWe think the issues were really not major,â€ Slaiby said, â€œand clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.â€
The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.
The EPAâ€™s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling.
â€œWhat the modeling showed was in communities like Kaktovik, Shellâ€™s drilling would increase air pollution levels close to air quality standards,â€ said Eric Grafe, Earthjusticeâ€™s lead attorney on the case. Earthjustice was joined by Center for Biological Diversity and the Alaska Wilderness League in challenging the air permits.
What the hell, who needs more American Oil? I love paying over $20 to fill the tank on my Harley! Just a small change from an old Army chantâ€¦ â€œMake it hurt Obama make it hurt! We like it, We love it, we want more of it, make it hurt Obama, make it hurt!â€ Of course that particular chant was reserved for physical fitness training when pain was merely a sign of weakness leaving the body. This? This is pain aimed at reducing us to serfdom, we will travel where and when they tell us we can. And by what means we can. High speed rail anyone? Hell, by foot is even better as long as you donâ€™t walk too fast, raising your respiration rate and endangering the delicate balance of global warming/cooling/climate change/unicorn farts.
Hell, why fill a multi-billion dollar pipeline designed to fulfill a Nationâ€™s energy needs?
Everyone together now! It sends a tingle up Chrissy Matthewâ€™s leg when we all chant togetherâ€¦ Make it hurt Obama, make it hurtâ€¦