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Shell Submits Chukchi Sea Plan of Exploration
Shell plans to employ world-class technology and experience to ensure a safe, environmentally responsible Arctic exploration program.
Thursday, May 12, Shell submitted a Plan of Exploration that details company plans to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea beginning in 2012. We believe this submission to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) starts in motion the regulatory process necessary to commence summer drilling and comes one week after Shell submitted a 2012 Beaufort Sea Plan of Exploration to BOEMRE.
Shell‘s Chukchi Sea Plan of Exploration includes drilling up to three wells per year beginning in July 2012. Our Chukchi and Beaufort Sea programs will be executed using up to two drill ships, one in each sea; allowing Shell to begin to exploring its Alaska prospects after five years of delay.
Shell stands ready to deploy the most robust Arctic oil spill response system known to the industry, and, in accordance with the BOEMRE’s requirements, Shell has shown that our oil spill response capability meets or exceeds worst-case discharge volume for our proposed wells.
Shell plans to employ world-class technology and experience to ensure a safe, environmentally responsible Arctic exploration program – one that has the smallest possible footprint on the environment and no negative impact on North Slope or Northwest Arctic traditional subsistence hunting activities. We look forward to drilling in 2012 and validating what we believe is a valuable national resource base.