15 Aug '12, 4pm

Shell gets it backward, starts polluting Alaskan water before it drills

Shell’s head of Alaskan exploration faces the press. (Photo by Fabio DiLupo .) How about a quick update on Shell’s puttering about in the Arctic? You may remember that it’s trying to create a conduit comprised of a little bit of metal and some concrete that runs from the ocean surface directly into a large pocket of oil. This is a cause for concern to many people, although, in fairness, it has been months since there was a malfunction at an offshore rig that caused oil to spew into the ocean. Shell’s progress has been slow , something it blames on basically everyone and everything: the air, the ice, the Department of the Interior. The one of those things that is capable of responding did . “The cause for any delay here is Shell’s construction of its vessel,” [Interior Secretary Ken] Salazar said. “They have not been able to get it done. If they had got it done, they may al...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/shell-gets-it-backward-starts-pollu...

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