Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Shell Alaska is One Step Closer to Oil, Gas Exploration in Arctic
The Environmental Protection Agency issued Shell Alaska an air permit which allows Shell to drill with its Kulluk rig next summer.
The federal government has fined Escopeta Oil $15 million for a violation involving the transportation of one of its jack-up rigs.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency fined the company for what they claim was a violation of the federal Jones Act. Back in March, Escopeta moved a jack-up rig from Galveston, Texas, to Cook Inlet using a Chinese-flagged vessel for part of the journey.
The Escopeta jack-up rig has been drilling for natural gas since September and is the first rig of its kind to operate in the inlet since 1994.
Danny Davis, then-president of Escopeta, told Petroleum News that the company is deciding whether to appeal the fine.