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I intended to put this link into a comment of an earlier Shell Drilling Rig diary, but the diary has fallen from the recommended list.  Here's the link to a recent article from the Alaska Dispatch website updating salvage operations for those interested in the current progress.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/...

Sorry the diary is so short, but I thought people would want to hear the latest from "on site" so to speak.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Truth is generally the best vindication against slander - Abraham Lincoln; 1864

    by Debis Diatribes on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:19:23 AM PST

  •  thanks (3+ / 0-)
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    itzadryheat, Debis Diatribes, cany

    I wanted to share this oped opening comment from the seattle times last night

    THE bravery and availability of U.S. Coast Guard cutters and helicopter crews should not be built into Shell Oil’s business model for oil exploration in Alaska.

    Editorial: Rough seas roll Shell Oil’s Alaska drilling plans

    human error never fails = : )

    by i saw an old tree today on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:54:36 AM PST

    •  As a former Coastie, (2+ / 0-)
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      I think the CG should be given the authority to bill the appropriate parties when involved in such situations as this.

      Most large cutters are not very good tug boats. We trained for it on my ship, but frankly, the commercial crews were and always are going to be much better at towing operations.

      Another way might be this: the oil industry buys the Coast Guard a new fleet of icebreakers, more helicopters, and spill response equipment. I think a nice, rounded amount of $10 billion ought to be about right to start, and then the yearly operating costs as well. The Coast Guard would be free to deploy these new assets as it sees fit, not as the oil companies would have it.

      Mind you, the Coasties may not always be available due to operational demands, but hey, consider it an "investment" in America!

      •  You mean they don't have to pay for all the (0+ / 0-)

        days they were helped by the CG? If not, I didn't know that and it is outrageous.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 01:49:54 PM PST

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        •  Unfortunately, (1+ / 0-)
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          cany

          they usually do not seek reimbursement in situations when the safety of lives and property are in danger.

          I do know the rules have changed since my days in blue, and CG assistance is not always free anymore, especially to boaters. The corps are another thing altogether: the oil industry in particular expects the Guard to pull its' chestnuts out of the fire as much as possible, do it for free, and like it.

          Since my day (76-82) the Guard has become more politicized by necessity, and even more beholden to big industry since they donate much to the congresscritters who allocate funding. Nine-eleven hasn't helped either, with homeland security draining resources from the many other missions the Guard does. It's never had real funding levels that permit actual, full attention to all of the big and little missions, and it got badly hammered by the defense industry a few years ago, who, in my opinion, ripped off the CG and we the taxpayers. That could be a diary...

          •  Well, now would be the time to write that diary:) (0+ / 0-)

            it's really another form of corporate subsidy that I certainly didn't even know about.

            202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

            by cany on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 02:41:50 AM PST

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          •  And BTW... was CG reimbursed over Macando? (0+ / 0-)

            202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

            by cany on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 02:42:14 AM PST

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  •  Thanks, Obama, for approving Arctic drilling! (0+ / 0-)

    The only thing worse than his negotiating skills are his environmental policies.

    The next Noah will work a short shift. - Charles Bowden

    by Scott in NAZ on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:58:26 AM PST

    •  Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be very in tune (1+ / 0-)
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      with environmental issues at all. At least not beyond energy, and even there, his Arctic policies and others really bother me.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 01:48:34 PM PST

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