Monday, June 17, 2013
Future Study May Delay Shell Drilling
A study of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement may affect Shell’s plans to begin offshore drilling in the Arctic.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement will conduct a study on how a large oil spill could affect the northwest coast of Alaska, which may lead to delays in Shell’s offshore Arctic drilling efforts.
"We have no problem with best practices being applied to the Arctic,” Curtis Smith of Shell Alaska said. “The bar is high here and it should be. Our issue is with the Department of Interior constantly moving the goal posts when it comes to the offshore. The delays that come with that could seriously jeopardize Shell's investment there."
Shell said last month the company no longer plans to begin drilling during the 2011 season and instead will plan on beginning during the 2012 season.