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Shell Clears Last Air Permitting Hurdle

Kulluk Air Permit Upheld by Environmental Appeals Board

On March 30, 2012, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) denied all petitions for review of Shell’s Kulluk OCS air permits.  As a result, Shell has all of the air permits needed to work in the Alaska OCS beginning in July of 2012. The Kulluk air permit comes roughly ten weeks after the EAB made a similar ruling on air permits for the Noble Discoverer drill ship.

"Achieving a usable air permit for the Kulluk drilling unit means Shell has, for the first time, all of the air permits needed to work in the Alaska offshore. That the Environmental Appeals Board already rejected challenges to air permits for Shell's second drill ship, the Noble Discoverer, further validates the work Shell and EPA have done to assemble strong, environmentally responsible emissions programs," said Pete Slaiby, VP Alaska.

We will continue to work with regulators to achieve the final permits needed to begin drilling in July.  That includes approved Letters of Authorization (LOA’s) from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHA’s) from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  Finally, we will need approved Applications for Permits to Drill (APD’s) from the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

The Kulluk is scheduled to drill up to two wells in the Beaufort Sea beginning in July of 2012.