At the end of February Greenpeace celebrated the news that Royal Dutch Shell would not be conducting off-shore drilling in Alaskan Arctic waters this year.
Phil Radford, Greenpeace USA’s executive director said in a press release, “This is the first thing Shell’s done right in Alaska - calling it quits. Shell was supposed to be the best of the best, but the long list of mishaps and near-disasters is a clear indication even the ‘best’ companies can’t succeed in Arctic drilling. Secretary Salazar and President Obama gave drilling a chance; now the responsible decision is to make Arctic drilling off limits, forever.”
Off-shore drilling in the world’s pristine Arctic is not yet off-limits and despite the vilification of the oil industry, finger-pointing, and that “long list of mishaps and near-disasters” Shell is calling their decision “a pause.”
The NY Times quoted, Marvin E. Odum, the president of Shell Oil Company, “Our decision to pause in 2013 will give us time to ensure the readiness of all our equipment and people.”