This is classic. The reporter has information which should be allow him to understand, but he is conditioned to do nothing but drool.
Heavier than expected ice in Arctic waters off Alaska will likely delay until August Shell’s long-anticipated exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, a company spokesman said on Friday. Shell, which wants to search for oil in what are considered remote but promising frontiers, had planned to start the wells this month, said Curtis Smith, a company spokesman in Anchorage.
Sea ice is “the number one reason we won’t be drilling in July,” Smith told Reuters. “At this point, we’re looking at the first week of August.” While sea ice cover is sparse in most of the Arctic, ice off Alaska is thicker than in recent years, and that ice is melting fast, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre.
Obviously the ice is not melting fast. That is why the drilling is delayed until near the end of the melt season. As far as the sparse ice cover in most of the Arctic goes, what is he talking about? The Arctic is covered with ice from one end to the other.