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Drilling in Beaufort Sea Approved

Earlier today, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that Shell is now permitted to move forward with initial drilling activities in the Beaufort Sea.

The approval of Shell’s Beaufort Sea Application for Permit to Drill (APD) is another major milestone achieved and clears the way for the Kulluk to begin drilling offshore Alaska. In the days to come, the Kulluk will connect to anchors that have been pre-staged in the Beaufort Sea and drilling will commence.

The arrival of the Beaufort Sea APD signals continued progress for Shell’s 2012 drilling program and coincides with the Noble Discoverer’s re-entry into the Chukchi Sea. In the weeks ahead we look forward to operating safely and responsibly, putting Americans to work and adding to Shell’s long, successful history of drilling offshore Alaska.