Shell gets Arc­tic drilling per­mits

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE BARACK Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has given Royal Dutch Shell the goa­head to drill two oil ex­plo­ration wells in the Chukchi Sea about 113 kilo­me­tres off Alaska's Arc­tic coast, a de­ci­sion en­vi­ron­men­tal groups have de­cried as pos­ing a grave risk to the area's marine life. The Bureau of Safety and En­vi­ron­men­tal En­force­ment (BSEE) is­sued ap­proval for the wells, but the agency lim­ited the drilling to the top sec­tions of wells and pro­hib­ited Shell from drilling into oil-bear­ing zones. Since the mas­sive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mex­ico in 2010, en­vi­ron­men­tal groups had been urg­ing Pres­i­dent Obama to block Shell's plans, es­pe­cially due to the Chukchi Sea's re­mote­ness.



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