There's a Gale blowing off Sitkaldinak Island, and hundreds of men and women are out there riding through it, most likely because of three things:
1). The skipper of the Aivaq was under pressure he succumbed to to not pull into shelter along the west coast of Kodiak on the 27th or 28th of December.
2). Because the Aivaq was not equipped with the best possible winch and towing system for its mission.3). Because Shell Alaska wanted to rip you, me and our kids off for millions.
If it were just another barge out there, like the hundreds and hundreds that have been wrecked on Alaska beaches over the past decades, you wouldn't have a 600-person and growing shore operation.
If it were just another barge out there, you wouldn't have a few dozen landing craft, boats, tugs, supply ships and a Coast Guard cutter out there in this shit, or a few C-47 Chinooks down all the way from Fairbanks.
If it were just another barge on there, even with 150,000 gallons of diesel plus change aboard, you wouldn't see the media and bloggers like me paying this much attention.
It is because Shell Alaska and its foreign parent are very, very powerful players, both in the world economy, and in Alaska politics.
If you're not pissed, you probably should be.
I'm also pissed that Sen. Mark Begich hasn't yet made a statement on the grounding, or on the dangers people are enduring for this company that has befouled the Niger Delta:
The river basins of Bolivia:
The Timor Sea:
Here's a screenshot of Mark's press releases as of an hour ago:
Here's a screenshot of his facebook New Year's Resolutions, posted after the grounding:
Maybe he's saving it all up for some sort of announcement about the investigation he will lead.
Not holding my breath.
Meanwhile, hold up your hand if you're pissed, Pete Slaiby .........
I thought not.