LATE BREAKING CBS NEWS

By: joealaska , 5:54 PM GMT on January 04, 2013

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NBC News With Brian Williams contacted me yesterday about using Kulluk video, but I read the mail too late.

CBS contacted me this AM. TONIGHT they will be using my Noble Discoverer on the beach video on their evening news. And I get a film credit.

Check it out.

Not sure if I can myself, but they will send a DVD.

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Congratulations Joe. I've got the DVR set to record.

LATER AFTER WATCHING THE CBS EVENING NEWS:

Wha wha what? You were bumped by some big-eared kid with dinosaurs on his brain! Are you sure that it was for tonight?
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UK,
Oh, ok, the Coast Guard with a list. Thank you. I was wondering if it was an ongoing EPA/Clean Air Act permit problem.

Several links collected over the last few days dealt with a continuing issue with nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions for the Discoverer.

EPA issued a Clean Air Act permit for the Discoverer in January of 2012.

Shell Discoverer Air Permit - Chukchi Sea

Shell submitted an application to revise in September of 2012 because they could not meet the original specifications after an expensive refit. The compliance order imposed temporary limits for some emission sources higher than in Shell's permit, but EPA expected the fleet's overall emissions for 2012 to be lower than the original permit allowed due to Shell's shortened operating season.

On November 30th, Shell submitted a revised application to the June permit revision application because;
"The changes requested are based on actual equipment performance during the 2012 operating season, which includes excess emissions and permit deviations identified by Shell and by EPA during a September 2012 inspection of the Discoverer."

After a revised permit, they still could not meet the requirements. And then, the Kulluk ran aground-or perhaps "stopped very near the beach". And there the issue lay for a while. An addition to the EPA permit file was added by EPA on December 31st giving Shell a deadline (Jan 11) to submit info so a decision could be made on the permit application. The date is probably just a coincidence with the Kulluk grounding...

Incompleteness Determination Letter - December 31, 2012.

"...Continuing with that process, and to complete the revision application, the EPA requests that Shell now formally submit all of the previously requested information, along with any information that has not yet been submitted, so that we can continue to process
the application. Please provide the information requested in Attachment A by January 11, 2013.
Please notify Natasha Greaves if a complete response is not possible by this date.

Your application is considered incomplete until this information is received and evaluated and
the EPA has determined that the application contains all of the information needed for the EPA
to propose a permit decision. Note that as the EPA continues review of your application, we may
identify further information that will be essential to enable the EPA to continue processing your
application and make a permit decision, including information that may be needed in response to
public comments..."


In the interest of fairness and at the risk of sounding uncaring I thought perhaps the media was trying to add hype where none is required. One more smoke belching ship plying the Arctic would seem to be minor compared to the greater dangers of drilling for oil off the North Slope. But in light of your post, and other bits and pieces-an ever-growing pile of incompetence.

Re the Kulluk Kristmas lights, The Feast of Epiphany comes early. Ground Hog Day is just around the corner.

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Beell

They talk about issues regarding oil discharge resulting in enforcement notices in Sept 2012 and bilge water management, ventilation and engine problems amongst 23 deficiences found after a Coast Guard inspection last May.

The investigations have been going on for quite some time it seems. The Kulluk had 3 enforcement warnings for being a pollution source from May 2012, and 19 deficiences in electrical and maintenance systems.

Oh, and the Kulluk's fairy lights are all but buggered...
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Looks like you're now going to get credit for the photo documentations that you have deserved for a long time. Congrats !!!!!
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I am thrilled for you Joe. It is about time these folks know about your awesome ability.
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Quoting insideuk:
CBS are running it with the news that the Coast Guard are now pursuing a criminal investigation into Noble Discoverer's serious safety management and pollution control issues.

CBS sources say that when criminal investigators arrived to interview the crew the company had already brought in lawyers and all employees declined to be interviewed.






UK, were the pollution control issues related to air quality?

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That is so cool! I will be watching!
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CBS are running it with the news that the Coast Guard are now pursuing a criminal investigation into Noble Discoverer's serious safety management and pollution control issues.

CBS sources say that when criminal investigators arrived to interview the crew the company had already brought in lawyers and all employees declined to be interviewed.




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LOL! This is great, Joe. Will put in on the DVR to tape.
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Congrats on your fame Joe :)
That's fantastic :)

I don't have TV access, but I bet it will be great.
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I'll be watchin' Joe. Congratulations. Ran across an article from the Alaska Dispatch the other day from July 14th.

Coast Guard said the Discoverer only came with in about 100yds from shore. Shell said the vessel did not run aground but "stopped very near the coast".

The truth will be on the news this evening!
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Awesome!! Congratulations!
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Can I have your autograph?
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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!