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Nitewolf
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 3:35:03 AM

Published: July 6th, 2012 01:08 PM
Last Modified: July 6th, 2012 01:08 PM

A 294-foot barge being outfitted by a Shell Oil contractor in Bellingham, Wash., to stand by in case of an oil spill during Arctic drilling this summer has not yet been certified by the Coast Guard. Shell and the federal government are arguing over whether drilling can start without the Arctic Challenger onsite, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Shell officials say the systems aboard the Arctic Challenger are part of the company's "tertiary" response and not specifically required by federal regulation. They would be deployed only in the unlikely event that the well's built-in blowout preventer failed, and then the capping stack failed to completely check the resulting flow.

But Nicholas Pardi of the Bureau of Safety
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Pramodsharma
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 7:37:31 AM

ok
dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 8:25:32 PM

After the huge Gulf spill, it was expected more drilling would not be approved by our governmental agencies until safety measures were improved and in place. There were some promises, but no real improvements, and the drilling was approved anyway. So, it is somewhat surprising, and encouraging, that a line for safety is being held now. (Just my opinion)
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:20:28 PM

make em pay
exyouen
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 5:41:24 PM

ha
ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 4:47:43 PM

danger zone,watch out.
MontanaMac
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 10:44:56 AM

If the Feds held airlines to these insane standards being imposed on Shell, no airplane would ever get off the ground.

Or another comparison - there's far more risk from poorly maintained vehicles running up and down I5 at breakneck speeds in WA, OR, and CA - the EPA / father big Gov. should get those heaps off the road.
Sego
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 10:40:54 AM

government can be the biggest impediment to safety.
gandalfthegrey1
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 8:02:32 AM

Agree w/ doeslayersr. Anything to inhibit drilling.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 7:43:18 AM

Shell & the Coast Guard shall work together to fix everything in time for the narrow window for drilling. Unless of course the Coast Guard certification delay is order from the top.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:58:14 AM

government hard at work
Luckylindy
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:57:13 AM

At least they have one.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:48:47 AM

Meh
dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:47:50 AM

As the article says:

The Coast Guard says it believes problems delaying the barge can be corrected in time for the drilling window, expected to start in early August.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:35:12 AM

unsafe vessel?

get used to it....

shell is incompetent

spilled oil in the srtic waters in 1 year or less.
Buckeyee
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:28:43 AM

Federal bureaurocrats fighting over their turf, no wonder nothing gets done.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:15:10 AM

Game playing by the current administration with the full backing of the liberal media.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:14:26 AM

Gubment red tape.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 6:04:53 AM

Safety first. I hope this isn't a gov't delay and game-playing.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 5:00:23 AM

Safety first, safety always.
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 4:42:23 AM

They better wait!
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