Two stories caught my eye today. First was Spill is among worst ever on North Slope, discussing a 24-inch rupture in a pipeline that began pouring oil and water Nov. 29, creating one of the biggest North Slope crude oil spills ever, with a “working estimate” of the spill’s size about 46,000 gallons of crude and produced water.

Then there was Offshore oil drilling gets go-ahead in Alaska’s Arctic, which stated that the Interior Department had given the go-ahead for Shell Oil to begin drilling three exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea, a move that opens the door for offshore oil and gas production in the Arctic. “This is progress,” said Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Uh……………right. We’re making good time as we move down the wrong road.