The Wreck of the Kulluk

The New York Times
In 2005, Royal Dutch Shell, then the fourth-largest company on Earth, bought a drill rig that was both tall, rising almost 250 feet above the waterline, and unusually round. Story here.

PinP: This is not an easy read, but well worth the time and effort. An epic and disturbing tale of folly at sea.


P in P said…
A tale truly stranger than fiction. The irony here is, climate change, aided and abetted by fossil fuel villains like Shell, is melting Arctic ice, making it easier to access northern reserves. But it is surely also fuelling the kind of vicious storms described in the piece, which are making Shell's efforts all the more difficult. (Nature's Revenge, perhaps?) If low oil prices are what it takes to keep these soulless corporations from places like this, MAY THEY HIT ROCK BOTTOM VERY SOON AND STAY THERE! And, while there are those who, upon reading this article, would marvel, I'm sure, at the ingenuity and power of man and his technology, there are others (myself included), who would simply conclude, HAS THE WORLD GONE COMPLETELY MAD?

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