Placing the “fate of the Arctic” in the care of Big Oil, the Obama administration on Monday granted Shell the final permit to drill deep into the waters off the Alaskan coast.
The permit, issued by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), comes days after President Barack Obama announced an upcoming Alaska visit to highlight what he said was “one of the greatest challenges we face this century: climate change.”
Shell applied for the permit after the icebreaker, the MSV Fennica, was held up due to damage. The vessel carries the “capping stack,” which the BSEE requires to be easily deployed ahead of drilling in potential oil-bearing zones “in the unlikely event of a loss of well control.”
“The capping stack, staged on the vessel M/V Fennica, is now in the region and capable of being deployed within 24 hours,” the BSEE statement said.… Read the rest