Should the United States think twice before allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean?
In response to Shell's drilling rig running aground in a storm there earlier this month, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced an internal 60-day review of the department's plans to allow drilling in the Arctic Ocean. "It's troubling that there was such a series of mishaps," Salazar said shortly after the incident, according to Bloomberg. "There is a troubling sense I have that so many things went wrong."
What more should the government and private oil companies--in this case, Shell--do to ensure that another "mishap" like the rig running aground doesn't happen again? What steps, if any, can Congress take to ensure that all safety precautions are being taken?
Is Shell's rig mishap a sign that the Obama administration should halt altogether Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic and not allow any energy development off Alaska's coast? Or, are the challenges Shell has faced surmountable?