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(Alaska Dispatch News)   $290 million Shell oil drilling platform that was being towed to harbor broke loose, was resecured, then broke loose again, was rescured again, has broken loose again and will crash into shore   ( divider line
    More: Fail, Gulf of Alaska, harbors, shores, Kodiak Island, winter storm  
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2013-01-01 10:46:29 AM  
3 votes:

buckler: It broke loose from a Shell-contracted ship, the Aiviq, around 4:40 p.m. Monday. Then around 8:15 p.m., with the grounding imminent, the second tow boat, a borrowed tug named the Alert, was directed to lose its tow line to avoid danger to the nine crew members aboard, according to the command team managing the crisis, which also includes the Coast Guard, the state of Alaska and contractors.

I do believe that this is the first time I ever saw the word "lose" being substituted for the correct "loose", after many many years of seeing the opposite mistake.

And you would be quite wrong in this case. "Lose a towline" means to cast it off, not loosen it.

//naval architect + grammar Nazi
2013-01-01 08:48:02 AM  
2 votes:
Oh, chill out people. The taxpayers will buy them a new one.
2013-01-01 11:23:15 AM  
1 vote:
Ah yes, the old shell game.
2013-01-01 11:00:06 AM  
1 vote:

hasty ambush: REO-Weedwagon: Has there been any other industry in American history that has socialized risk and privatized profit as effectively as the oil companies?

[citation needed]

Every time I pick one of those at random to try and verify it I just wind up with a big list of far-right blogs like "Hot Air" and "Gateway Pundit" derpin' it up.

And, of course, they all intentionally ignore the fact that the oil industry has been reaping its subsidies for decades now and only compare recent years where the oil industry's subsidies have fallen dramatically as their profits rose dramatically while the renewable companies have just started up. Because apparently I'm supposed to be absolutely outraged that a new industry getting its footing is getting more funding than an established industry reaping record profits while still getting any taxpayer funding after reaping trillions of benefits for decades.

And of course they all pretend that these fossil companies don't get billions more in unrecorded, indirect support through things like noncompetitive bids to destroy public land for private profit.

Maybe in 30 or 40 years if they're still getting the subsidies they'll manage to rack up the enormous taxpayer-funded boons the oil, gas, and coal industries have, but I wouldn't bet on it.
2013-01-01 10:27:25 AM  
1 vote:
I'm going for a drive.
2013-01-01 08:57:51 AM  
1 vote:
Shell and BP must buy their rigs and repair supplies from the same company.
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