I have been following for a couple of years the trials and travails of Shell in the Beaufort Sea in Alaska and their attempts to start drilling. Previous to the BP Gulf spill Shell was told all their permits were in order, but then EPA came in and had “concerns” about their Air Permits and wanted a review.
After the BP Spill when the Obama administration shut down literally all drilling in the Gulf and offshore areas, including Alaska, Shell was the only company in the Arctic whose lease was declared “good.”
Then earlier this morning I received an email from House Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) informing me that the radical environmental group Greenpeace was on their way to Shell’s drilling site in Alaska with the intentions of protesting and shutting them down. Greenpeace had on its way submersibles, aerial drones, an ice-class ship and small inflatables.
Greenpeace is attempting to protest and “monitor” Shell’s activities by interfering with permitted work in the Arctic through the usage of a 216 foot ice class ship, two large rigid hull and four small inflatables, two submarines, and an aerial drone. Murkowski and Hastings are concerned that federal agencies have not accounted for the likelihood that Greenpeace’s activities will cause disturbance to marine mammals, pollution to the environment, or conflict with Native Alaskans through the physical presence of vessels.
Rep. Hastings and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent letters to the NOAA and BSEE (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) asking them to step in and ensure Greenpeace does not interrupt, disrupt or cause safety concerns. You can view those letters here.
I immediately went to Greenpeace on twit and found they had retweeted a tweet by @sylviaborren who “claimed” she had taken over from Shell’s CEO Peter Voser in the Hague where RoyalDutch Shell’s world HQ are and she was the “new” CEO. Borren also stated her first “duty as new CEO” was to halt all of Shell’s drilling in the Arctic. Below is a picture of the tweet:
And below is a picture of the tweet by Greenpeace:
I looked around the internet and couldn’t find anything about Shell having a new CEO, so I went right to the horse’s mouth: I called Shell’s Houston office and they sent me overseas. I asked if they had a new CEO as/of 12 hours ago, and was told “it’s news to us.”
Digging further after hunting down more of Greenpeace’s tweets it led me to this page on their international site, written by Sylvia Borren, new CEO of Shell, with a picture of her immediately crossing off her list “drilling in the Arctic.”
Then hunting a little further I came up with this post by Greenpeace in which they say:
Speaking from within the headquarters of oil major Shell on Friday, the words of Greenpeace Netherlands executive director Sylvia Borren [emphasis mine]were clear: “My first move as the new CEO of Shell is simple and effective: no drilling for oil in the pristine Arctic.”
With that, Borren had announced a new corporate strategy for Shell.
Borren, symbolically ‘replacing’ Shell chief executive Peter Voser at the helm of the company, [emphasis mine] said Shell would end its destructive oil drilling and instead invest its billions of dollars in profits into renewable energy.
It appears these envirowackos will stop at nothing to disrupt, mislead and coerce. They also staged an elaborate protest at Shell’s HQ in the Hague and according to them, 70 barricaded the entrance and 9 of the protesters were arrested.
Here’s a question for Greenpeace: since you wackos aren’t planning on using rowboats to your “protest” in the Arctic, I highly doubt those submersibles and the ice-class ship run on wind, solar or nuclear. Betcha anything they use diesel, which is generally but not always, made from oil. And the laptops and computers you are using to tweet your “faux” tweets have a lot of plastic in them which is made from guess what, petroleum.
Let’s hope NOAA and BSSE do their jobs and prevent any disruption for this much-needed source of domestic energy from Alaska.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks