Energy “bombardments” …earth is okay …really…

June 4, 2013 – we are expecting some energy “bombardments”…kind of hard on the sensitive ears/sensitive empaths… Earth is strained but can handle things..expect intense ESP sensitivities previously not awakened. Earth’s inner body is hot & stressed so expecting some relief valves through volcanoes….also East Cost of USA…expect the unexpected..especially Maryland region.

Cosmic Wave Particles – towards our Earth

I have been guided to write about the rapid changes taking place on our earth and the reason for them.  I will try to then keep you abreast of the situation and what can be expected as time moves forward.

According to the “Presence”, a pulse or wave was sent out a very, very long time ago from a Central Quasar…so long ago in fact that we are receiving a “ripple” only of this…thank goodness!  However please note that these waves that move across the very fabric of creation are all in Order with the cycles and changes that are expected to the stellar and planetary systems of galaxies far and wide.  When an influence is sent out to impress changes upon the races in existence..it is all in Divine Order of the great plan or schematic of Creation.

Energy Intelligence contained in cosmic particles of the wave reach the human race here on earth and are to cause change within each of us…let me quote here a snippet from the dialogue more recently:

“During this Age..the new Reign begins in the Higher Teachings of Cosmic Intelligence and as such there are specific needs for the human race.  Optimizing their opportunity to grow in expanded consciousness is Key to their existence.  We afford you this discussion in order for you to begin to reflect more deeply upon this subject matter.  Your Energy systems here on earth are stressed and must break further in order to be replaced or modified which would then bring new beginnings to most of those on your planet.  The Overseeing Divine Mind, Intelligence Wisdom and Understanding is upon you and now the existence of human beings is being questioned.  Their survival rate is low in face of disasters and pending changes thus we are enabling many to pursue other means of expression now.  Those left to continue with the earth will do so under different vibratory patterns.  The current patterns create a particular design in their swirling similarly capturing the reflection of the Divine swirling.  Then there are the disrupted patterns that are being cleaned up.  They are likely to go into a bend or warp so that mankind can escape much of the doom and disaster with selected ones executing the plan of the future earth.  The slowly establishing return of the Divine Age is underway.

Cryptic notes have been left for you .many of you..in the folds of the fabric of creation and you are to determine their meaning, with help of course.  During the changes ahead it is wise to buffer the impact by reducing your engagement to the false teachings and false leaderships in the world that suppress the man’s consciousness and pretend to be their aligned friend.  In fact they are the foe and this folly must stop.”
** Please note that the Teaching is given so that we can wake up and start to recognize our responsibility to follow Universal Laws”.

…continuing
“Exploring the need for greed and mutations to take over the earth is meaningful yet one must understand that this is but a temporary glitch in the program relative to the All Presence cycle.

You are to learn about the Cosmic waves that are entering the Galactic rim and those that originate in the core substance…these two systems meet causing a swirling like projection that moves and turns systems over to new expressions.  Like flipping your mattress each spring..we need to flip or reset the systems here that you live in.

The morbidity rate will rise and the lack of considerations for those abroad grows more distant.

Each member of the human race family is to be addressed..and the best way possible is to engage in the Cosmic blessings for all…you have the Peace and the Divine Right to instill these higher qualities among mankind as it is still a viable option for many as to which path they will choose to take. To be left behind on a warped planetary system surely means in many cases an early demise due to the toxins and toxic environment.

The naval powers and military might will mean nothing when one is so hot that you can’t breathe.

The new consciousness is one in which mankind can thrive and be liberated from the challenges of this.”

Council further adds this:


The world is collapsing and most of the old programs…. and systems… as economically they are not viable and militarily they  are not viable…. for strength wanes and the Earth herself is showing her own might.

She will not permit conditions to get more deplorable in her kingdoms.  The systems must change and mankind must abide by the Universal Law.

The disturbances are coming in first and coming in hard…These changes will awaken many…for the false Teachings must stop.

Know This….Justice will be served and all will abide by her.

Divine Justice is placing her Sword into the ground and reverberations will arise from this now.

NO more studies need to be done now (by scientists)..the research and development, application and advancement for mankind must now follow prevention and technical conservation.

True facts..not just fragments.

Divine Energy Intelligence will be composing a direct vortex or swirling..through sound and Light and it will be burning across the fabric…These waves of Fire/transformative cosmic particles move at rapids speeds and liken to burn across the fabric…tearing up in it’s path as it goes.

These will activate the ancient grid sites of the incoming and outgoing communicative towers and pyramids..thus your own minds will be knowing the timing of the incoming wave.

Others will feel it as an assault not knowing what to make of it..therefore the Teachers are protected but will also be asked to convey meaning to others.

If one is aware one can tune into it..will know of it’s changes.

Others fear..others are confused.

It is scheduled to flow through during the May to June cycle and it will go across for several weeks of your time.

The influence begins early/mid May and continues from there…Systems will further collapse.

** Please note that the wave has already begun and mankind is proving to be very successful in waking up already !  see how so many have taken to the media to oppose the false teachings

and the oppression and control.  If it wise therefore, to wake up to your own internal Self and govern and Master that which you do have control over; your lower self.

In Light and in Peace,

Kathy Roseborough

 

Why …? Please leave the Arctic alone

(Yonhap Interview) Greenland backs S. Korea’s bid for Arctic Council

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) — Greenland Premier Kuupik Kleist expressed his support Thursday for South Korea’s bid to join the Arctic Council, a move that would significantly help Seoul explore the Arctic’s previously untapped natural resources with global warming melting its sea lanes.

In an interview with Yonhap News Agency in Seoul, Kleist also urged South Korea to “constructively” engage with Arctic states to achieve its Arctic Council ambition as he arrived in South Korea for a five-day visit to discuss ways to explore mineral resources in the Arctic region.

Greenland, an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, is one of the council’s eight permanent members with territory in the region. Other members include the United States, Russia, Canada and Sweden. With an eye on the resource-rich Arctic, nations like South Korea, China, Japan and India are knocking on the door of the council.

“Yes, Greenland supports South Korea’s bid to join the Arctic Council in principle,” Kleist said. “But, there are some principles that we need to uphold, the principles to take part in the Arctic Council.”

Greenland Premier Kuupik Kleist meets with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak during the latter’s visit to Greenland in September 2012. (Yonhap file photo)

Along with China and Japan, South Korea is one of the “ad-hoc observers” at the council and bidding for permanent observer status with the aim of securing a bigger voice in the increasingly influential forum.

“In principle, the Arctic Council is open and we have a positive view of your approach,” Kleist said.

“I don’t think that the Arctic Council is embracing the whole world, so we are a little bit selective,” he said. “So, what we are asking from those permanent members and observers is to engage constructively with the forum.”

“Now, the Swedish chairmanship is processing the applications from different countries, but we have not seen any indication from the chairmanship yet,” Kleist said. “There is no unity on those questions within the Arctic Council itself.”

Greenland, the world’s largest island, is rich in oil, rare earth materials and other resources. According to the U.S. Geologic Survey, about 17 billion barrels of oil are estimated to be buried along Greenland’s western coast, with another 31.4 billion barrels along the northwestern coast.

Greenland is also believed to be holding the world’s largest reserves of rare earth materials. At least 10 regions have been confirmed to be holding the increasingly important resources, with the southern region holding enough reserves to meet 25 percent of global demand, Seoul officials said.

Kleist’s official visit to South Korea was arranged to seek follow-up measures after President Lee Myung-bak visited Greenland in September and the two sides signed four memorandums of understanding calling for cooperation in resources development, geological survey, and Arctic science and technology.

Kleist said that Lee’s visit to Greenland laid the groundwork for cooperation between the two sides.

“So, we are hoping to establish a good contact in the first place and hopefully we will be able to develop the contact we made to create lasting relations between Greenland and Korea,” he said.

Asked about the irony of Greenland, which hopes to exploit resources in the wake of climate change, Kleist said his country has no choice but to adapt to it.

“Greenland has become a showcase for climate change,” he said. “The challenge for the Greenland society is of course to try to adapt to the new situation.”

“Climate change affects everything. It affects economy, nature and fish stocks because the temperature and seas are rising. But, at the same time, we are discovering new lands in the southern part of Greenland,” Kleist said.

“So, it has both a negative side and positive side. But, one thing is sure, it affects everything.”

Greenland…Arctic mining

Greenland passes mining projects bill, opens for cheap labor

COPENHAGEN | Fri Dec 7, 2012 3:28pm EST

(Reuters) – Greenland on Friday passed a bill setting the framework for foreign mining and exploration companies to take advantage of the natural resources of the Arctic island and opening up for cheaper labor, including staff from China.

The legislation defines the size of what is determined a large scale project and regulates minimum salary levels for foreign workers.

The law has been criticized for paving the way for companies to employ foreign workers at a lower salary than what the companies would be paying Greenlandic workers.

With global warming thawing its Arctic sea lanes and global industry eyeing its minerals, Greenland, population 57,000, is wrestling with opportunities that offer rich rewards but risk harming a pristine environment and a traditional society that is trying to make its own way in the world after centuries of European rule.

Greenland, semi-autonomous from Denmark, wants to encourage foreign companies to come in with workers to set up exploration while unions fear the move will undercut the Greelandic workers.

Whether in iron, zinc or rare earth minerals vital for 21st-century technology like smartphones, China has been eyeing investments in Greenland, whose increasingly autonomous national government is looking further afield for investors.

All parties except the biggest opposition party, which abstained and said the bill needed more work, voted in favor of the legislation.

Kaj Kleist, spokesman at British company London Mining Plc, which plans a large iron ore mine near the capital of Nuuk, said the company was pleased with the bill.

“Several issues around the big scale projects, such as salaries, are quite heavy politically. With the legislation in place that we can follow, we will be able to have less debate,” he said.

“Greenland never had a big work force from abroad before, that’s why we need to regulate this,” Kleist said.

He said the new legislation sets the minimum hourly wage for foreign workers in large scale projects at 80.40 Danish crowns, less than what most Greenlandic workers earned.

London Mining’s $2.3 billion project stands to increase Greenland’s population by 4 percent by hiring Chinese workers and would supply China with iron.

Greenland has awarded overall some 150 licenses for mineral exploration compared with only a handful in existence a decade ago, with around $100 million spent by companies last year alone. Oil companies have spent more than $1 billion in exploring offshore.

(Reporting by Anna Ringstrom, Katja Vahl and Mette Fraende; Editing by Kenneth Barry)

Oil Spills in the ARCTIC will happen if we proceed…

Emails say Shell containment dome ‘crushed like a beer can’ in test

Alex DeMarban | Nov 30, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell’s containment dome was “crushed like a beer can” earlier this year in Puget Sound, during failed sea-trial tests that raised questions about the oil giant’s ability to respond to an oil spill in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, according to a Seattle radio station.

The beer-can observation belongs to Mark Fesmire, head of the Alaska office of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). It and other details about what went wrong with the testing are included in emails obtained by KUOW through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The containment dome is basically an undersea vacuum cleaner designed to suck up gushing oil beneath the water’s surface, the article notes. In what Shell officials have called an unprecedented move, the company proposed including the containment dome in its Arctic efforts as a last line of spill-response defense, for use if drilling mud, a blowout preventer and a capping stack fail. Federal regulators said the containment dome must be on scene near the drilling areas before the company can tap into oil-bearing zones.

The accident damaging the dome and the inability to certify its barge were key reasons Shell downscaled its Arctic ambitions this summer. Instead of drilling deep into oil-bearing zones roughly a mile beneath the sea floor, the company was merely allowed to conduct preliminary well work to set the stage for next summer.

The containment system is ready to accompany Shell’s return to the Arctic next summer, said Anchorage spokesman Curtis Smith. “It is classified and certified,” he said.

The emails obtained by KUOW from BSEE provide a rare window into the mishaps associated with the dome’s undersea tests.

In a summary of email exchanges involving Fesmire and another BSEE official, the station reports:

… The containment dome test was supposed to take about a day. That estimate proved to be wildly optimistic.

  • Day 1: The Arctic Challenger’s massive steel dome comes unhooked from some of the winches used to maneuver it underwater. The crew has to recover it and repair it.
  • Day 2: A remote-controlled submarine gets tangled in some anchor lines. It takes divers about 24 hours to rescue the submarine.
  • Day 5: The test has its worst accident. On that dead-calm Friday night, Mark Fesmire, the head of BSEE’s Alaska office, is on board the Challenger. He’s watching the underwater video feed from the remote-control submarine when, a little after midnight, the video screen suddenly fills with bubbles. The 20-foot-tall containment dome then shoots to the surface. The massive white dome “breached like a whale,” Fesmire e-mails a colleague at BSEE headquarters. “

Then the dome sunk more than 120 feet, saved from crashing to the seafloor by a safety buoy. Recovering it took 12 hours.

Read more at KUOW.

In other Shell news, a BBC report from the Alaska village of Point Hope, is getting a lot of attention for a quote attributed to Pete Slaiby:

“There’s no sugar-coating this, I imagine there would be spills, and no spill is OK. But will there be a spill large enough to impact people’s subsistence? My view is no, I don’t believe that would happen.”

David Suzuki on PM Harpers China/Canada 31 year sell out of Canada’s Rights

China deal and budget sacrifice democracy to short-term goals

Photo: China deal and budget sacrifice democracy to short-term goals

(Credit: Larissa Sayer via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Manager Ian Hanington.

Why, when so many people oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, would government and industry resort to such extreme measures to push it through?

The problems with the plan to run pipelines from the Alberta tar sands across northern B.C. to load unrefined, diluted bitumen onto supertankers for export to China and elsewhere are well-known: threats to streams, rivers, lakes and land from pipeline leaks; the danger of contaminated ocean ecosystems from tanker spills; rapid expansion of the tar sands; and the climate change implications of continued wasteful use of fossil fuels.

The benefits aren’t as apparent. Some short-term and fewer long-term jobs, possibly for foreign workers, and increased profits for the oil industry — including state-owned Chinese companies — are all we’re being offered in exchange for giving up our resources, interests and future, putting ecosystems at risk, and forfeiting due democratic process.

Our government is ramming through another omnibus budget bill, and is set to sign a deal with China, both of which seem aimed at facilitating the pipeline and other resource-extraction projects. Its first budget bill gutted environmental protection laws, especially those that might obstruct pipeline plans. It also limited input from the public and charitable organizations, and included measures to crack down on charities that engage in political advocacy.

The recent 457-page omnibus budget bill goes even further. Among other changes, it revises the Navigable Waters Protection Act (renamed the Navigation Protection Act) to substantially reduce waterways that must be considered for protection and exempt pipelines from regulations.

Meanwhile, the government is set to sign a 31-year deal on October 31 that will give China’s government significant control over Canada’s resources and even over Canadians’ rights to question projects like Northern Gateway. The Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement would allow China to sue Canada, outside of our borders and behind closed doors, if the pipeline deal were blocked or China’s interests in our resource industry hindered; for example, if the B.C. government were to stop Northern Gateway. It also gives the Chinese state-owned companies “the right to full protection and security from public opposition”, as well as the right to use Chinese labour and materials on projects in which it has invested.

According to author and investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, writing for the Tyee, “The deal does not require provincial consent. It comes without any risk-benefit analysis. And it can be ratified into law without parliamentary debate.”

Why would anyone want to sell out our interests, democratic processes and future like this? And why would we put up with it? On the first question, Gus Van Harten, an international investment law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, told Desmog Blog we must consider the possibility that government and industry know that changes in attitudes about fossil fuel extraction “may lead to new regulations on the oil patch, in that, climate can’t just be wished away forever, and that governments might take steps to regulate the oil patch in ways that investors wouldn’t like.” He continues, “If you bring in a lot of Chinese investments, and you sign the Canada investment deal, you kind of get the Chinese investors to do your dirty work for you.”

In other words, as the world recognizes the already extreme and increasing consequences of global warming and shifts from wastefully burning fossil fuels to conservation and renewable energy, tar sands bitumen may soon become uneconomical. The goal is to dig it up, sell it and burn it as quickly as possible while there’s still money to be made. It’s cynical and suicidal, but it’s the kind of thinking that is increasingly common among those who see the economy as the highest priority — over human health and the air, water, soil and biodiverse ecosystems that keep us alive.

What can we do? Prof. Van Harten has written to provincial governments urging them to ask the federal government to “stop the rushed ratification” of the China deal. We should all demand that our leaders put the interests of Canadians now and into the future ahead of short-sighted and destructive industrial ambitions. The budget bill and trade deal are not democratic in content or implementation. We need to take back democracy

Leave the fur on the Polar Bear…please..!

Activists push for international ban on legal trade in polar bear items

US and Russian groups unite to lobby governments after concerns over rise in poaching and melting Arctic ice


A lone polar bear walks on Arctic pack ice

A polar bear on pack ice in Svalbard archipelago, Norway. Photograph: Ralph Lee Hopkins

Environmental activists in the United States and Russia have come together to push for unprecedented protection for the polar bear, hoping to stave off the decline of its already dwindling population.

With Arctic Sea ice at record low because of climate change, polar bears have been deprived of a key habitat and feeding ground. Legal trade in polar bears, mainly in the form of trophy skins and furs, remains legal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), leading to the death of hundreds more each year.

Activists from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Human Society International (HSI) are hoping to change that by supporting government initiatives to upgrade the polar bear’s status from appendix two to one within the convention, thus banning all international commercial trade.

“The real opportunity to ban the trade is around the corner,” said Jeffrey Flocken, head of IFAW’s Washington DC office. Activists have been lobbying officials in the US to table the so-called “uplist” proposal by 4 October, ahead of a global Cites conference early next year, but fear US reluctance after a similar proposal did not pass a vote at the convention’s last meeting in Doha in 2010.

IFAW activists have also received written assurances from the Russian ministry of natural resources that it will support an initiative tabled by the US, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Guardian. Activists hope that joint Russian-US support will help the motion receive the two-thirds vote it needs to pass inside the 176-country body.

They warned of increasing urgency, following recent reports by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado that Arctic Sea ice had declined to record lows. At the same time, prices for polar bear skins have soared, prompting increased hunting and poaching.

“Polar bears are becoming more and more scarce, and that scarcity is driving up demand,” said Teresa Telecky of HSI. “It’s helping drive the species towards extinction,” she said.

At a recent auction in Canada, two polar bear pelts fetched a record £10,200 each – about double the price at auctions five years ago. Canada is the only country to allow its polar bears to be killed and sold on international markets, something its indigenous population argue is key to its survival and livelihood.

In one Moscow shop, a large polar bear hide was going for 1.6m roubles (£31,760). The luxury items are most popular among buyers in Russia and China.

Russian websites have popped up to sell Cites certificates that indicate a legal kill under Canada’s quota, something used by many of the poachers who kill an average 200 polar bears in Russia per year, activists said. Nearly 6,000 polar bears are believed to have been killed between 2001 and 2010, with that number increasing in the past two years, according to IFAW and HSI.

The world’s polar bear population is now estimated at around 20,000, activists said. The US Geological Survey warned in 2007 that diminishing sea ice could result in the loss of two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population within 50 years.

Arctic Ice – Gone in 4 years? Read article from The Guardian

Environment

Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years

Prof Peter Wadhams calls for “urgent” consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures. Photograph: John Mcconnico/APProf Peter Wadhams calls for “urgent” consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures. Photograph: John Mcconnico/AP

Monday 17 September 2012

As sea ice shrinks to record lows, Prof Peter Wadhams warns a ‘global disaster’ is now unfolding in northern latitudes

One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years.

In what he calls a “global disaster” now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for “urgent” consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures.

In an email to the Guardian he says: “Climate change is no longer something we can aim to do something about in a few decades’ time, and that we must not only urgently reduce CO2 emissions but must urgently examine other ways of slowing global warming, such as the various geoengineering ideas that have been put forward.”

These include reflecting the sun’s rays back into space, making clouds whiter and seeding the ocean with minerals to absorb more CO2.

Wadhams has spent many years collecting ice thickness data from submarines passing below the arctic ocean. He predicted the imminent break-up of sea ice in summer months in 2007, when the previous lowest extent of 4.17 million square kilometres was set. This year, it has unexpectedly plunged a further 500,000 sq km to less than 3.5m sq km. “I have been predicting [the collapse of sea ice in summer months] for many years. The main cause is simply global warming: as the climate has warmed there has been less ice growth during the winter and more ice melt during the summer.

“At first this didn’t [get] noticed; the summer ice limits slowly shrank back, at a rate which suggested that the ice would last another 50 years or so. But in the end the summer melt overtook the winter growth such that the entire ice sheet melts or breaks up during the summer months.

“This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates”.

Wadhams says the implications are “terrible”. “The positives are increased possibility of Arctic transport, increased access to Arctic offshore oil and gas resources. The main negative is an acceleration of global warming.”

“As the sea ice retreats in summer the ocean warms up (to 7C in 2011) and this warms the seabed too. The continental shelves of the Arctic are composed of offshore permafrost, frozen sediment left over from the last ice age. As the water warms the permafrost melts and releases huge quantities of trapped methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas so this will give a big boost to global warming.”

We Must Protect our West Coast – Canada !

Peaceful act of civil disobedience planned for October to defend Canada’s west coast from tar sands pipelines and tankers

Feature story – September 12, 2012

Over 80 influential leaders from the business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities across Canada today announced an upcoming mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22. The sit-in will oppose tar sands pipelines and tankers and the threats they would pose to the west coast.

 

Mouth of Lockhart/Gordon Creek © Greenpeace / Phil Aikman

“There are moments in history when it’s clear that our elected leaders are failing us and it is necessary to take a stand,” said prominent author and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. “Today we are stating our intention to defend our coast and calling on others to join us. The risk of oil spills and irreversible harm to our tourism and fishing industries from these pipelines and tankers is just too great.”

Over 80 community, union, business and First Nation leaders have endorsed the October 22 sit-in, including Stephen Lewis, David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Naomi Klein, Tom Goldtooth, David Coles, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, John O’Connor, and Tony Clarke. You can view the full list at defendourcoast.ca.

The October sit-in builds on the success of protests against tar sands expansion and pipelines that have taken place in the U.S. and Canada in recent months. The August 2011 sit-ins in Washington D.C. that helped delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and the September 26, 2011 sit-in in Ottawa that helped put Canadian tar sands pipeline proposals in the national spotlight.

“We’re meeting in Victoria to show that you can’t gut Canada’s environmental legislation and try to put a price tag on the B.C. coast without a public response,” said Maude Barlow, Chair person for the Council of Canadians. “Canada’s iconic coast is far too valuable to risk on tar sands pipelines and tankers and we pledge to defend it.”

“This October, we pledge to defend our coast and the mountains, rivers, forests, wildlife and First Nations communities of B.C. against tar sands pipelines and tankers,” said Susan Spratt, Western Regional Director of the CAW. “We want long-term green jobs that will take us beyond fossil fuels, not short-term high risk pipelines.”

Organizers expect people from across Canada to join British Columbians in calling on elected officials to stand up for Canada’s west coast and the rights of First Nation peoples.

“We hope people from all walks of life and from across the country join us in Victoria and defend the natural beauty and cultural richness of the B.C. coastline,” said Chief Jackie Thomas, Saik’uz First Nation. “We will be there to show the widespread opposition to tar sands pipelines and tanker proposals and to show the strength of the support for First Nations people’s rights to land and title and the internationally protected right to free, prior and informed consent on any development impacting our traditional territories.”

People can sign up online at www.defendourcoast.ca to participate and become a coastal defender.

Nature will SHUT YOU DOWN !

Shell Halts Arctic Drilling Right After It Began

By JOHN M. BRODER

WASHINGTON — A day after it began drilling its first well in the Arctic Ocean, Shell has been forced to temporarily abandon the work because of sea ice moving into the area.

The delay was the latest setback for Shell, which has invested six years and more than $4 billion to win the right to drill for oil and natural gas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off the North Slope of Alaska.

The company has been repeatedly stymied by equipment problems, regulatory hurdles, persistent sea ice and legal challenges from Alaska Natives and environmental groups. Shell had hoped to complete as many as four wells in the Arctic this summer. It now expects to begin one or two wells and finish next year.

Early Sunday, Shell’s Noble Discoverer drill ship sank a bit into the Burger Prospect, about 70 miles off the Alaska coast, the start of a 1,400-foot pilot hole that will form the basis for a mile-deep exploration well.

But late Monday, Shell announced it was pulling the floating drill rig’s multiple anchors and moving it off the well because of encroaching sea ice. The company said it had based its decision on satellite images, radar and on-site reconnaissance.

“We began monitoring this ice when it was more than 100 miles away,” Shell said. “The wind began to shift, and we made the call to disconnect from the well. Part of working in ice is having the ability to temporarily relocate.”

Shell said it expected to move the rig back over the well once the ice passed.

The company is still awaiting federal certification of its spill containment vessel before its wells can penetrate oil-bearing formations. The spill response barge is undergoing trials and inspections in Bellingham, Wash., and could win Coast Guard certification this week.

Even if regulators give the ship final approval, it will take two weeks to sail to the well site, leaving little time to finish the well.

Under terms of its drilling permit, Shell must cease drilling in the Chukchi Sea by Sept. 24 to allow time to drill a relief well if needed before ice sets in for the winter. Shell has asked for an extension because its projections show a later ice season this year.