Shell contractor to pay $12.2 million for 2012 environmental crimes

Noble Drilling was contracted by Shell Offshore Inc. in 2012 to operate the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the cone-shaped drilling unit Kulluk for Shell in the Arctic Ocean during the oil giant’s exploration mission. “At times, the condition of the Noble Discoverer’s main engine also created high levels of exhaust in the engine room, multiple sources of fuel and oil leaks, and backfires,” a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. Read the rest here 19:11