Shell's Arctic clown circus to play Russia!

they played so well to the American house, that taking the show on the road to Russia was simply written. I wonder if they’ll have the same producer, stage director and cast there?

[B]Gazprom, Shell may explore Chukchi, Pechora Seas[/B]

BY JAMES MARSON
Dow Jones Newswires
04/08/2013

MOSCOW – Gazprom’s oil arm and Shell may jointly develop two sections of Russia’s Arctic shelf in the Chukchi and Pechora Seas, Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi was quoted as saying.

The agreement between Shell and Gazprom Neft is expected to be signed.

Mr. Donskoi said the terms of the deal are likely to be the same as for other foreign firms that have partnered with Rosneft, including Exxon Mobil, Interfax news agency reported.

Those deals see the foreign firms provide capital for initial exploration in exchange for one-third of eventual production.

If anything, I’d expect exploration in the Russian waters to be easier in the future as Shell is not limited to Jones Act vessels.

Ready For Arctic Oil Spill
5:16 PM TUE APRIL 23, 2013
Shell’s Arctic “Beer Can” Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound

The Arctic Challenger lowering its containment dome into Puget Sound during tests in March
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Shell Oil Co. had to postpone its Arctic drilling until 2014 after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter, but Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continue in Puget Sound.

The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators in March in the waters off Anacortes, Wash., north of Seattle.

Neither Shell nor the federal government announced the results, but a Shell contractor successfully deployed Shell’s Arctic oil-spill containment system in Samish Bay in March.

Crews from Superior Energy Services of Houston slowly lowered a 20-foot dome over the side of Shell’s Arctic Challenger barge and down into the 150-foot-deep water.

They anchored the dome and used it to suck up sea water at a rate of about 2,000 gallons a minute.

The dome system is supposed to do the same to oil and gas gushing from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean if a blown-out well cannot be capped.

Earlier tests of the containment dome had gone badly. In September, the dome wound up “crushed like a beer can.” Superior rebuilt and reinforced the containment dome before testing it again this winter and spring.

In an email, Nicholas Pardi with the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (part of the US Department of the Interior), said the spill system handled more than twice the volume of oil that would be expected in a worst-case Arctic-well blowout.

Unprecedented Transparency?

Pardi did not respond to KUOW’s requests to interview either of the BSEE officials who were on board the Arctic Challenger. Nor did he provide the requested documentation of the test results.

Since his first day in office, President Barack Obama has proclaimed his administration’s commitment to “an unprecedented level of openness in government.” On January 21, 2009, President Obama issued a memo ordering federal agency heads to make information about their agencies’ operations and decisions more rapidly and readily available to the public.

“The way to make government accountable is to make it transparent,” Obama said in announcing the memo, “so that the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made, how they’re being made and whether their interests are being well served.”

Four years later, journalists and open-government advocates complain that many federal agencies — from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Food and Drug Administration — never seemed to get the memo.

Access to government scientists and others with first-hand expertise is more difficult than ever, according to the journalism groups. It can be difficult or impossible to get many Obama administration officials, whether they’re experts, public relations staff or agency heads, to answer questions on the record.

Curtis Smith of Shell-Alaska declined to comment on the successful test of the Arctic Challenger’s oil-spill system, except to say that Shell has a 10-day information blackout before its quarterly earnings reports.