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Arctic oil drilling takes 1st steps

SFGate -- Barrow, Alaska --

Even if Shell strikes oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, it could be at least a dozen years - and billions upon billions of dollars - before a single drop of it arrives at a refinery.

Here, far above the Arctic Circle, there is no network of pipelines snaking along the seabed. There are no deep-water ports. Even docks can be hard to come by.

The entire infrastructure to support offshore development in a hostile climate would have to be built from scratch.

"The big technical challenge in the Arctic is simply the scale of it, because there is no infrastructure," said Charlie Williams, a recently retired chief scientist at Shell who sits on a federal drilling safety advisory committee. "It's the sheer scale of putting in all the pipelines and all the platform


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honda0105
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LEC: I agree. well worth repeating.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:17:47 AM


This comment bears repeating,
"sheer scale of the arctic is impressive...and so will the sheer scale of a spill in the arctic."...Discovery02
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 6:25:26 AM

Sounds very, very expensive. So much for $2.50 a gallon gas.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 4:21:00 AM

As the world runs out of this finite resource places like this may be the only supply.
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FluffyDogAttack
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 4:14:00 AM

Oh lord, wouldn't want to drill for oil there. The earth is so fragile, ya know. It's survived millions of years of earthquakes, giant meteorites, polar shifts, ice ages, mass extinctions, volcanoes...but it just couldn't survive that scary "drilling for oil". Oil is just so unnatural. Geez, some people think it's actually something that forms naturally and comes from the earth. Crazy people.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:42:07 PM


$5 billion and several years of incompetence with drifting ships and rigs out of control and poorly fitted. Perfect recipe for disaster courtesy of a bumbling Royal Dutch Shell effort.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:21:04 PM

Not so easy.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:45:31 AM

Good luck.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:44:44 AM

Arctic oil drilling takes 1st steps! It all starts with the 1st step, and the next one, and the next one. Drilling in the Artic can be a hazardous operation and having no pipeline or deep water port can be a huge problem. Construct the infrastructure necessary for drilling and crude oil delivery and move on. Drill with extreme caution, protect the workers and do not make black water or black ice! Keep all the oil and natural gas produced for use in the US Only!
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:21:30 AM

Drill baby drill.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:03:30 AM

more U S oil
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 10:10:45 AM

It will take a lot to do this.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:55:47 AM

The sheer scale of the arctic is impressive...and so will the sheer scale of a spill in the arctic.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:46:50 AM

I say start some infrastructure
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:42:56 AM

if need be
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:34:53 AM

This is a resource that SHOULD have been tapped YESTERDAY! DUH! These Environmentalist Whacko Leftists crack me up!

The infrastructure needs to be started PRONTO! Who cares if it takes 10-20 years. At the end of that time period, THEN we'll have it to use! DUH! If we sit around and worry about how its going to affect some small insignificant organism that nobody's heard of, then it will never get done and we'll STILL be sitting around complaining!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:34:34 AM

i won't be signing up for work there . . .
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:32:59 AM

Drill and keep it here...
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:32:06 AM

This is hurry and wait propaganda article!
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:31:47 AM

k
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:31:43 AM

looking at decades.........
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:31:31 AM

They have the option to do this safely and environmentally friendly. Hope they set an example!
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:31:20 AM

Hopefully they're uber careful up there.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:31:12 AM

Good for them
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:30:19 AM

Good
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:29:38 AM

Summer work
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:29:31 AM

Waste of time and $$$$$
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:28:44 AM

Agreed asbury09.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:28:36 AM

Good luck
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:27:49 AM

be sure there are super redundant blow-out preventers
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:27:24 AM

There won't be much competition.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:26:45 AM

Very dangerous place.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:25:50 AM

I agree with 40mpgsaturn.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:25:16 AM

I'm sure the oil companies will end up screwing up this part of the world for us as well.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:24:13 AM

Conflicted.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:24:01 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:23:53 AM

find a nicer spot
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:22:41 AM

Just do it safely!
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:21:56 AM

Awesome drill baby drill in all of America and tell OPEC to go pound sand.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:21:47 AM

I guess their looking for profit in the future
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:21:31 AM

They don't care how much it will cost, we will end up paying the bill. Don't think that oil is only for shell. Once oil hits a distribution terminal, they sell to all companies. You can see all brand home heating oil trucks and many different brand gasoline tankers pulling out of the same terminal.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:20:11 AM

The time has come.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:20:10 AM

If they are exploring they must be ready to make the necessary production investment.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:19:45 AM

These pipelines could have been put in YEARS ago (DECADES ago) - but were stopped by Dems and the non-existent GLOBAL WARMING (hoax).
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:19:26 AM

Yes, do it safely.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:19:24 AM

This should have been done 20 years ago.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:19:10 AM

Not a job for me. I can't stand the cold.
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:18:49 AM

Do it safely ...
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:18:39 AM

Addicted Americans will do anything for oil. It is like a drug addiction to them.
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Watch out for the crabs.
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