Huffpost Green

Shell Begins Beaufort Sea Drilling Off Alaska's North Coast

Posted: Updated:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Shell Oil says it has begun exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast as it continues to drill in the neighboring Chukchi Sea.

Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith says Beaufort drilling started Wednesday after the end of an Alaska Native whale hunt.

Smith says the company hopes to drill until the seasonal Oct. 31 deadline.

Shell announced last month it would limit drilling this year to non-petroleum zones.

The company can't drill into those zones until its spill response barge is in place, and Smith says that won't happen this year.

A containment dome on the barge was damaged in tests last month.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has spent $4.5 billion on Arctic offshore drilling, moving ahead in spurts to overcome court challenges and scrutiny.

Also on HuffPost:

Oil Spills Since The Gulf Disaster
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Shell Oil begins exploratory drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea

Shell wins approval for limited Beaufort drilling

Shell Oil is committed to Arctic drilling, company president says

Shell prepares for Beaufort Sea drilling

Shell Halts Arctic Drilling Right After It Began

Even as the ice melts, drilling in the Arctic gets tougher

Shell Now Close to Drilling 2 Wells Simultaneously in Arctic Ocean

For Shell, 'success' in Alaska's Chukchi Sea is a moving target

Shell begins preliminary drilling in Beaufort Sea - Alaska Dispatch

Shell Oil Begins Exploratory Drilling in Beaufort Sea -

From Our Partners