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Community Open Houses

Shell recently visited multiple villages in the North Slope Borough and Northwest Arctic Borough regions to discuss plans for future drilling programs.

Discussions were held in Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Barrow, Wainwright, Point Lay, Point Hope, Kivalina, Kiana and Kotzebue.  Additional community meetings are currently being scheduled. Conversations included an overview of future drilling programs, ongoing science programs, as well as new and traditional oil spill contingency efforts.

Overview of Drilling Programs

  • Two Exploration Plans (EP) – Camden Bay EP in the Beaufort Sea and a Chukchi Sea EP
  • Both are two year plans – starting in 2012
  • Up to 2 wells per year in the Beaufort Sea
  • Up to 3 wells per year in the Chukchi Sea, plus future well site work
  • Noble Discoverer drillship and Conical Drilling Unit Kulluk 
  • Oil Spill Response capabilities on standby 24/7 
  • Arctic capping and containment system 
  • Crew change by helicopter – routes determined through coordination and communication
  • Real time ice and weather forecasting 
  • Shorebase in Deadhorse, Barrow and Wainwright 
  • Robust marine mammal monitoring protocol
  • Communications Plan to avoid conflicts with subsistence users
  • Subsistence Advisors and Marine Mammal Observers

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