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Science in the Arctic
Since 2006 Shell has invested over $60 million on science and we have more programs planned for next year, including programs that will advance under the banner of the science agreement we have with the North Slope Borough.
Those studies build on the 5000 independent scientific studies that have taken place in the Arctic over the last several decades at a cost of over $500 million. Shell has spent more on Arctic science in the last five years than all federal agencies combined.
If we are successful in exploring the Arctic you can expect even more scientific studies in preparation for the development phase. That would trigger an entirely new EIS (environmental impact statement) and that’s one reason we have been so aggressive in pursuing first-of-its-kind Arctic science.
Science makes up a major part of the Arctic picture for Shell. We’re looking at virtually all components of the ecosystem from physical oceanography, to plankton, to the organisms that live on in the water and mud, marine mammals and birds. We’re doing this in an integrated manner so we can better understand the broader story, as well as begin to identify trends and anomalies.