Shell Secures One of Last Permits Needed for Arctic Drilling

Shell Secures One of Last Permits Needed for Arctic Drilling

WASHINGTON - Royal Dutch Shell secured one of the last permits it needs to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer, after proving to federal regulators that it can operate without harming whales and seals.

The company announced Wednesday that it had obtained a so-called incidental harassment authorization from the National Marine Fisheries Service, clearing one of the last hurdles before it can begin exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

Shell still needs to obtain approvals from the Interior Department and Fish and Wildlife Service before it gets the all-clear from the federal government.

Shell has been seeking approvals to drill in the Arctic Ocean for several years. Environmental groups have launched numerous objections, in part because they believe the oil company is ill-prepared to handle potential oil spills in the region's icy waters. 

Copyright (c) 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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Ron | May. 2, 2012
I just hope u know how much Muck Island cost

Ron | May. 2, 2012
Having lived there for 2 years at Endicott or Duck Island... I say go for IT

leo oakes | May. 2, 2012
having worked in the chukchi and the beaufort sea with canadian marine drilling back in the 80s and 90s, on supply ships, the whole fleet took pride and a lot of effort to ensure that the envorioment was protected and left in a secure manner. The updates to the protection and the and the availabitialy of all resources today 2012 should be a bigger part in the exploration of these regions


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