U.S. EPA Approves Shell's Exploration of Chukchi Sea
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted Shell approval to explore in the Alaskan Chukchi Sea. In 2008, Shell paid US $2.1 billion to explore for oil and natural gas on three proposed drill sites: the Burger prospect, the Crackerjack prospect, and the SW Shoebill prospect. The EPA air permits awarded to Shell allow the emissions of a drilling ship and support vessels, however the operator still needs the final Beaufort Sea air permit to move forward with their 2010 drilling program. Shell anticipates initial drilling activity will begin at the Burger prospect using the Frontier Discoverer drillship.SubseaIQ provides focused, in-depth coverage of offshore field development activities around the world, with daily updates on hundreds of offshore fields and facilities. Click here to sign up for the free weekly email newsletter.
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