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Shell Takes Action to Accelerate Court Consideration

Shell Files Declaratory Judgment Action

On February 29, 2012, Shell began a legal process, which is aimed at starting, in a timely manner, the review of BSEE’s (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) approval of Shell’s Chukchi Oil Spill Response Plan (OSRP).  The plan was approved by BSEE on February 17, 2012. 

Shell has now filed a declaratory judgment action, in the Alaska Federal District Court, against:

  • Sierra Club
  • Greenpeace
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • National Resources Defense Council
  • Oceana
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • National Audubon Society
  • Alaska Wildness League
  • Northern Alaska Environmental Center
  • Pacific Environment 
  • Wilderness Society
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • RedOil

This action is taken to avoid a last minute challenge, to the plan’s approval, by those who have repeatedly challenged prior authorizations.  

Shell is not seeking to restrict any party’s right to challenge the approval.   Shell simply wants any challenge to occur sooner, rather than later.

We are confident that BSEE’s approval of Shell’s plan meets all legal and regulatory requirements and will withstand any legal review.  BSEE’s approval of this OSRP is a testament to the huge amount of time, technology, and resources that Shell has dedicated to an Arctic oil spill response fleet, which is second to none in the world.

“We recognize our license to operate in the offshore is predicated on being able to operate in a safe, environmentally sound manner.  If we were not absolutely confident that we could execute a responsible offshore Alaska exploration program, we would not be there,” said Pete Slaiby, Vice President, Shell Alaska.