Shell Canada seals second deepwater well off Nova Scotia silent on results

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shell Canada seals second deepwater well off Nova Scotia, silent on results HALIFAX – Shell is moving to seal off the second of its two deepwater exploration wells off Nova Scotia.The company began work on the Monterey Jack well on the Scotian Shelf on Sept. 25, shortly after abandoning its Cheshire well in the Nova Scotia offshore, about 250 kilometres southeast of Halifax.Shell spokesman Cameron Yost said in an email Monday that sealing the well involves “the installation and testing of multiple barriers in the wellbore.”He also said it is too early to speculate on what the results of the well are, saying it will take some time to analyze the information gathered from Monterey Jack by a contracted exploration vessel.Petroleum geologist Grant Wach, a professor at Dalhousie University, cautions deep waters off the Scotian Shelf may require a number of exploration wells before firm conclusions are reached, adding that it required more than 30 wells to make the Grand Banks discovery off Newfoundland.Wach said in an email that he’ll continue to watch what decision BP takes in terms of drilling their potential exploration sites on the Scotian shelf.He also said that Shell’s original news release left the option of drilling five other exploration wells, and these may be the key future sign of whether their deepwater play continue to be possibilities.“If they drill more wells, they are interested,” he said.In addition, there are bid rounds for exploration licensing coming up this year and in 2018 and Wach said interest in these blocks will also be a sign of whether Nova Scotia’s offshore is continuing to attract investment.However, the deepwater drilling off Nova Scotia has attracted opposition from municipal leaders, environmentalists and fishermen’s groups concerned about the possibility of a blowout.During the drilling of the Cheshire well — which did not show commercial quantities of hydrocarbons — the ship contracted to drill the well dropped two kilometres of pipe and other drilling gear onto the ocean floor on March 5.The incident occurred after the ship unlatched the drilling gear from the wellhead due to heaving seas, and was moving away from the site.There were no injuries or spills, but a report has noted the accident was costly and caused delays in the drilling effort.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly reported the Cheshire well showed commercial quantities of hydrocarbon. read more

Police launch hate crime investigation after Post Office refuses to accept Scottish

Patrick Burgess and his son He asked staff if his son could deposit a Scottish £10 bank note that his aunt, who lives in St Andrews, had given to him as present, but was told it was not permitted.Mr Burgess said: “I was well aware that Scottish notes are not legal tender and shops do not have to accept them, but they are legal currency and therefore the Post Office should have accepted the note. The row took place in a post office in KentCredit:Steve Finn A police force launched an investigation after a man claimed he had been the victim of a hate crime when a branch of the Post Office refused to accept his Scottish bank note.Kent Police were called out earlier this month when 48-year-old Patrick Burgess accused postal staff of racism.He claimed the post office worker’s refusal to accept the note amounted to a hate crime because it was based on nationality.Mr Burgess was born and brought up in Scotland, but speaks with an English accent.An officer was asked to investigate the claim and it has been recorded for official purposes as a hate crime, which will feed into national statistics.The incident occurred on November 22 in the village of Walderslade near Chatham when Mr Burgess, who works for the Royal Mail, visited his local Post Office with his 12-year-old son, Daniel. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The row took place in a post office in Kent The Kent force has lost around 300 officers as a result of budget cuts in recent years.Chris Carter, the chair of the Kent Police Federation, said: “When incidents like this are reported as hate crimes we are obliged to record them as such and we have to take it seriously. It contributes to the sheer volume of stuff we have to deal with putting extra pressure on front line officers.”Last month Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary asked the Law Commission to consider expanding the definition of hate crime by adding misogyny and ageism.But he has faced a backlash from many police chiefs who expressed concern that their frontline officers were spending too much time investigating such issues rather than tackling serious crime such as burglary and assault.Sara Thornton, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council said while logging such complaints might be desirable police did not have the time or the resources. A spokesman for Kent Police confirmed they had received a report and confirmed that as it was reported as a hate crime it would be investigated as such.The spokesman said: “Kent Police has received a report that a dispute took place at a premises in Walderslade Road, Walderslade, on Thursday 22 November 2018. Officers are conducting initial enquiries into the incident.”Mr Burgess said he has since received an email from the police explaining that his complaint did not constitute a hate crime.But critics have accused Mr Burgess of wasting police time and putting already stretched officers under extra pressure. Patrick Burgess and his son He added: “I asked if they would accept Euros, American or Australian Dollars. The cashier replied that they would.”I confirmed with her that the only notes they would not take were Scottish or Irish, to which she replied yes. In my opinion it’s racist and it is a hate crime.”Mr Burgess said: “I was angry at the time and put out a bit and so I went online to report it to the police. You are always hearing about hate crime and so that is what I reported it as. It was a bit tongue in cheek really and perhaps it was my sense of humour.” read more