Royal Dutch Shell has asked the United States federal government for permission to begin drilling in the Arctic, not too far off of the coast of Alaska. The company’s previous attempts to begin drilling in the Arctic came to a halt back in 2012 due to numerous pratfalls and violations of federal regulations. It has since revised its plan and resubmitted it for approval.
The revised exploration plan, which the company submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Anchorage, calls for two drilling vessels to operate in the Chukchi Sea at the same time, rather than the previous plan which called for one in the Chukchi and one in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north Coast.
Shall has been trying to drill in the Arctic for over a decade, but its attempts have been plagued by numerous challenges and mishaps. The company had to abandon its hopes of drilling in the Arctic this year after it was ruled that the United States government hadn’t properly assessed the potential environmental damage that large-scale oil production could do.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is currently working on an environmental study that Shell hopes will be able to satisfy the court and enable the company to begin drilling in the Arctic.
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