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Regulator vows close watch on Shell drilling in Arctic

Anchorage Daily News online -- By Jennifer A. Dlouhy
Houston Chronicle

Published: June 15th, 2012 11:25 AM
Last Modified: June 15th, 2012 11:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Federal inspectors will be stationed around the clock on rigs that Shell plans to use in drilling up to five wells in Arctic waters near Alaska this summer, a top U.S. regulator promised Thursday.

Director James Watson of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said having the offshore drilling inspectors on the Kulluk and Discoverer rigs will ensure a close watch on Shell's proposed oil exploration, should it win final government approval.

"BSEE will diligently review and monitor Shell's proposed activities at each stage to ensure they remain compliant with federal regulations and are performed in a safe manner," Watson told reporters on a


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AskMeLater
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 1:27:24 AM

Let them drill.
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Rich1430
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 1:23:43 AM

I sense something absolutely fishy about this. A few weeks ago there was a story about this and it was Greenpeace that was mentioned solely in it. Now we have this story with no mention of Grreenpeace but the Bureau Of Safety And Environmental Enforcement. Something deep inside strongly tells me these two groups are one and the same.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:00:11 PM

Well stated Table Talk.
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carranco
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:41:17 PM

They just need to stay out of the way. People are trying to work on the rigs.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 9:24:48 PM

Hope they can keep that vow.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 7:46:45 PM

Sure hope there never is a BP type blow out up in the Artic.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 3:22:27 PM

Just WHERE were the regulators during the refinery fire in Cherry Point, WA?
Where were they during or after the oil spill in New Jersey?
Where were they when big oil purposely shut down multiple refineries in California before the Cherry Point refinery was functional again?

Why are our drivers constantly being given the shaft by our corrupt big oil @sskissing politicians in Washington when they have the means to at least partially fix the oil and gas supply and pricing manipulation scandal we have suffered the past nine years thanks to Bush's commodity trading deregulation and Obama's refusal to fix this mess or at least regulate the speculators?? This @sshole lied to the public on TV TWICE "calling on Congress to curb speculation while not offering any funding whatsoever to make this a reality. He would rather give 20 million dollars to an ad agency to promote the controversial Obamacare, comes to show what he thinks of the common man and woman in this country.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:36:41 PM

And as taxpayers we will pay extra for this nannystate diligence.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 1:21:52 PM

As they should.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 1:21:12 PM

Good that regulators will stay on site.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 12:59:33 PM


The issue is not having them on the rigs but what power/authority do they have if they find a problem? Most likely if the report a big issue the Tea Party/Congress will get them removed or fired since it might cut into their huge tax free profits.


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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 12:05:52 PM

GET IT DONE SHELL.........
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 12:05:14 PM

more gummint nannies
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:54:45 AM

Hopefully, these regulators will fall down a well or get bitten by rabid wolves.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:48:58 AM

Hopefully, some of these regulators will dive down to see the drilling operations up close and personal. Maybe then they'll realize they've been wrong all along.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:42:40 AM

"Federal inspectors??" And just what do some of them know about what they are looking at?
When we have idiots that make statement such as "we better hurry up and pass this bill to find out what is in it;;; or fire some of the "cattle guards" . Come on we need some Diplomats, not politicians!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:38:07 AM

hope so.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:35:03 AM

Much more likely to find trouble in wells being drilled off Cuba right now.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:30:34 AM

proceed with caution!
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 11:12:59 AM

if they did their jobs, we wouldnt have
had the deepwater horizon mess either
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 10:48:09 AM

Hopefully!!
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