Shell's Arctic Oil Rigs to Get 24/7 Federal Inspectors

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Cold comfort no doubt, considering the utter lack of technology to clean up a spill in icy waters: SFGate reports that federal inspectors will be on Shell's Arctic oil rigs around the clock.

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement director James Watson:

BSEE will diligently review and monitor Shell's proposed activities at each stage to ensure they remain compliant with federal regulations and are performed in a safe manner.

If you're just shaking your head at how Shell ever managed to get permission to drill offshore in the Arctic, read this: The $4 Billion Lobby Blitz That Bought Shell the Arctic

Tags: Arctic | Oil