I just can’t see in any way for this to go wrong, can you?
The federal government has given Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic. While the oil and gas giant technically broke ground on two exploratory wells last month, they were limited to drilling only the top sections of the seabed. Now, however, with the arrival of a key piece of equipment, the company can proceed with drilling into oil-bearing rock 2,400 meters (8,000 feet) below the ocean floor.
This is the first time in more than two decades that Shell has been allowed to drill wells under the Chukchi Sea since their first exploratory well in 1991. Despite the U.S. government reassuring people that they will be monitoring Shell’s work “around the clock” to make sure that the “utmost” safety is observed, criticism has been laid on thick for the Obama administration. This is especially since the news quickly follows the announcement to cut carbon emissions by 32% by 2030.