No more Alaskan Arctic drilling in 2013

The Kulluk oil drilling shipJust a few hours ago, Shell announced that it is giving up on its plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic in 2013.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a strong supporter of Shell’s move to drill in the Arctic, said the decision proves the company’s “commitment to safety.”

“We’ve made progress in Alaska, but this is a long-term program that we are pursuing in a safe and measured way,” Shell President Marvin Odum said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Our decision to pause in 2013 will give us time to ensure the readiness of all our equipment and people following the drilling season in 2012.”

Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas say they intend to prepare equipment and plans for a resumption of activity at a later stage.

Hmmm. Sounds to me this is merely a hiccup and not a means to an end.

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  1. Hmm…interesting. I wonder where they plan on drilling next? I just read something on Wikipedia saying the South Pole might have a lot of oil but it’s so cold there few people can handle the trip to check it out. I could be making it up though but I swear it’s what I saw.

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