Ha ha...the Shell clown circus held over by unpopular demand!

Great title you guys…thanks for the laugh!

[B]Shell Requests Drilling Extension in Alaska, Surprises No One.[/B]

By gCaptain Staff On August 28, 2012

LONDON–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) has asked U.S. authorities for more time to drill in Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska after delays set back its planned summer exploration campaign, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

“Shell have requested an extension of around two weeks,” said the person, adding that the company filed its request with the U.S. Department of the Interior late last week.

Federal authorities have imposed a Sept. 24 deadline for Shell to conclude its activities in the Chukchi Sea, an environmentally-sensitive Arctic region, based on estimates of when the short summer season ends and ice starts reforming.

Shell’s latest forecasting models suggest the winter ice will form later than expected, Shell Alaska Vice President Peter Slaisby was reported as saying by the Los Angeles Times.

Shell has placed big bets on its controversial U.S. Arctic oil exploration plans and its success there is an important part of its quest to find new hydrocarbon reserves. Shell has already spent around $4.5 billion to drill in the Arctic, becoming the first company in several years to explore for oil there.

The major Anglo-Dutch oil company had originally planned to commence operations in July, but delays in certifying a modified oil-spill response vessel have pushed back the start of drilling. The company has yet to receive final approval from the U.S. Coastguard for its re-tooled Arctic Challenger.

Shell now hopes to drill and complete two wells–one in the Chukchi Sea and one in the Beaufort Sea–this year. It had initially planned to drill five wells in 2012, although the company says it will start drilling additional bore holes that it can then complete in 2013.

-By Alexis Flynn. © 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

They have been ever so slowly pulling out of Dutch here. Bout damn time

Has the Noble Discoverer finally gotten underway?

Last I heard the oil spill barge was still in the shipyard in Bellingham.

left about a week ago i suppose

Coast Guard medevacs man from Noble Discoverer
[US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin]
US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a 59-year-old man from the drillship Noble Discoverer in Norton Sound, 68 miles west of Nome, Wednesday.

The Noble Discoverer, slated to drill a test well in the Chukchi Sea shortly, left Dutch Harbor last Saturday after waiting out sea ice and permitting issues since early July.

“Having a forward-deployed helicopter crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley provides us with the ability to quickly respond to emergencies like this in remote Northern Alaska," said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, Coast Guard 17th District. "As part of our Arctic Shield 2012 operations, we strategically placed our assets and personnel to fulfill our traditional Coast Guard missions in the Arctic.”

The Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received a request for the medevac from the crew of the drillship at about 4 a.m. The crew reported the man was suffering from an irregular heartbeat but was stable.

The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and concurred with the need for the medevac. The Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, attached to the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley which was anchored off Nome, was dispatched from Nome at about 7:52 a.m. They arrived on scene about 30 minutes later, landed on the helipad and embarked the patient. He was delivered to Nome where a LifeMed air ambulance was waiting. The patient was transported to a hospital in Anchorage.

The Noble Discoverer is a 514-foot drillship from Seattle under contract to Shell Oil Company of Houston, Texas.

As part of Arctic Shield, the Coast Guard has a forward operating location in Barrow with two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and Coast Guard cutters, including a National Security Cutter with and embarked MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, patrolling in the region and ready to respond to any maritime emergencies.

For more information about Arctic Shield, please visit our web site at www.uscg.mil/d17 and click on Arctic Shield.

This is a press release from the US Coast Guard 28 August 2012

Arctic Shield
As the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety, security and stewardship in the Arctic, the Coast Guard will perform its statutory missions to ensure the Arctic remains a safe, secure and environmentally sustainable region.

Coast Guard Arctic Shield 2012 will focus on outreach, operations and an assessment of our capabilities.

Outreach:
Coast Guard and other federal, state and local personnel will conduct more than 50 humanitarian outreach events in 27 different communities. It is the nation’s largest humanitarian outreach effort not in response to a disaster (natural or man-made) in recent history and will include water safety training, medical, dental and veterinary assistance.

Operations:
Coast Guard operations in the Arctic will be conducted by multiple cutters, aircraft and personnel.

Capability Assessment:
Coast Guard personnel will exercise our capabilities to ensure we have the right resources to conduct our maritime operations to meet our maritime safety, security and stewardship requirements in the Arctic.

Please click here to view our Arctic Shield tri-fold.

Please click here to view our final Arctic Shield environmental assessment.

Arctic Shield brochure http://www.uscg.mil/d17/docs/Arctic%20Trifold%20-%20120614-2.pdf

Arctic Shield EA http://www.uscg.mil/d17/docs/Final_EA_Version_rev_9_JUL_12.for_posting.pdf

Just to remind everybody but in a couple of days it will be September and still Shell hasn’t drilled FUCKALL!

I dont know about that c.captain, they drilled into the booze here at the unisea and the grand aleutian pretty good