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Shell, the U.S. not prepared for risks of drilling in Arctic Ocean

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By Dan Ritzman: Special to The Times: Monday, February 17, 2014

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 09.31.18Shell announced a plan to return to the Arctic Ocean this summer, only to have its leases invalidated by a federal court because the company vastly underestimated the environmental risks.

The reality is that drilling in the Arctic Ocean comes with a distinctive set of risks to the environment and would-be drillers. History has shown that where there is drilling, there is spilling.

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