Non-Existent 82 Foot Thick Ice Pack Continues To Prevent Drilling

Ice still delaying Shell Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Moving ice may keep a Royal Dutch Shell petroleum drill ship away from a Chukchi Sea prospect for several days, a Shell Alaska spokesman said Tuesday.

Curtis Smith said at midday that a massive ice pack heading toward the Burger Prospect had slowed from 0.5 knots to 0.2 knots — about 1/4 of a mile per hour — and remained 10 to 12 hours away.

“Depending on conditions, it could be a few or, potentially, several days before it’s safe enough to resume drilling,” he said in an email response to questions.

The prospect is 70 miles off the coast. The Noble Discoverer drill ship has moved 30 miles south and will remain there until the ice — 30 miles long, 12 miles wide and up to 82 feet thick — has passed and is unlikely to change course and return.

Ice still delaying Shell Arctic offshore drilling – CBS News

NSIDC’s super-sensitive sensors apparently can’t detect 82 foot thick ice in the Chukchi sea.

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18 Responses to Non-Existent 82 Foot Thick Ice Pack Continues To Prevent Drilling

  1. donald penman says:

    I think I can just see it on this map.
    http://www.aari.ru/odata/_d0015.php?lang=1&mod=0&yy=2012

  2. John Silver says:

    Back in the day when I was interested, I used to watch this map. You can see the ice here:
    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/satellite/index.uk.php

    • No you can’t. That’s clearly labelled “sea surface temperature”. The light gray you think is ice is actually sea surface temperature below -1.7*C. I emailed someone (Jacob L. Hoyer) from the website who confirmed that:

      “Hi Robert,
      I admit it can be difficult to see, but actually the light gray color is in the color bar, in the triangle to the far left.
      This means that all temperatures (including sea ice) below -1.7 are marked light gray.
      Hope this helped.
      Best wishes,
      Jacob”

      Joe Bastardi has been claiming all week that there’s been a rapid recovery in Arctic sea ice this month by showing the map you linked to. He (and you) made a serious blunder. It’s difficult to see how you did this since you have to physically select “sea surface temperature” among the parameters in order to get the map you posted.

      Here is the map from that website (from the DMI/COI) that actually shows the sea ice concentration: http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icedrift_anim/index.uk.php

      As you can see, there’s been no recovery this month. In fact, there has been continued melting.

  3. Lance says:

    How are the Polar Bears going to survice on that small piece ice?

  4. snafu says:

    I’m confused????

    How can the speed of a non-existent object be tracked?

    • GregM says:

      It´s Heisenberg´s uncertainty principle. If you measure the velocity of ice, it is impossible to track. And if you see it, it is not there.
      Very illusive indeed. New Normal Phenomena in Post Normal Science!

  5. Pathway says:

    Is it now called Dark Ice? Just as no one has seen dark matter or can detect dark energy, you just can’t detect Dark Ice.

  6. gator69 says:

    New ice that is 82 feet thick? Now that is something. 😉

  7. PIOMAS says it will be gone soon. So you have a choice—will you believe the real world or will you believe a computer model?

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