Please tell Shell

"Oil on Greenland would be a disaster," Total CEO Chrisophe de Margerie said. "A leak would do too much damage to the image of the company."

Although he is not completely opposed to Arctic exploitation as gas leaks "were easier to shut down and clean". But what are the chances considering Shell reportedly invested already $4.5 billion and Cairn Energy at least $1 billion?

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ERMA releases Arctic Reponse Planning Tool

credit: ERMA

One consequence of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is the insight to have all available geo information available in one place is not only good thing, but also a measure to avoid left hand not knowing what right hand doing.

So, just in time and days before the Shell armada starts drilling in the Chukchi Sea the federal mapping tool that aided first responders in Gulf spill expanded to the Arctic. (press release)

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco said: “The addition of Arctic ERMA will be a tremendous benefit to responders in this rapidly developing region. This scientific tool could provide essential information in responding to potential oil spills and pollution releases in the Arctic.”

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Arctic Oil Spill Response in Under 10 Seconds

arcticready.com is an excellent camouflage communication project. I like the approach to debunk all the absurdities lying around. Meanwhile in reality Shell is still cruising with it's armada south of Bering Strait, venting their drill rig Discoverer did not hit the ground. Isn't it just another absurdity while we are awaiting a new minimum sea ice record the profiteer is locked out because of too much ice in Chukchi Sea?

yeslab.org: Shell considers legal action following launch of fictitious international campaign
alaskadispatch.com: How rapidly is Shell Oil's window of opportunity in the Arctic shrinking?

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TV AD: Are We Ready to Drill in the Arctic Ocean?

This TV advertisement aired in the D.C. market on This Week, Face the Nation, Meet the Press, and State of the Union on December 4. It also will air during the week of December 5-9 on Morning Joe, The Daily Show, and Rachel Maddow.

PewEnvironment.org: Are We Really Ready to Drill in America's Arctic Ocean?

Cairn Energy Oil Spill Plan for Greenland, Episode 1

This is page 43 of the Cairn Energy's Oil Spill Prevention and Contingency Plan for Greenland for drilling season 2011. It is an interesting document. On page one you are referred to page 13 in the event of an oil spill. On this page you learn you have to consult the Response Decision Flowchart. And the latter tells you that given the weather is not favorable only options left are monitoring and evaluation. But how do you keep an eye on an oil spill in a long and dark Arctic night?

Looks tint spilled, doesn't it?

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