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Shell Ready To Write Next Chapter In Alaska Offshore
The purpose of these meetings has been to reassure senior leadership that Shell is prepared to work safely and responsibly in the Arctic. In all of these engagements, Shell leadership has stressed that clarity is needed on a path forward to drilling in the Arctic – specifically, a decision from the current administration on whether to advance Shell’s Application for Permit to Drill (APD) in the Beaufort Sea in 2011.
Shell has reason to believe that the administration will soon discuss the future of a broader Arctic policy that considers Shell’s plans to drill in Alaska. By placing a series of ads that focus on reoccurring concerns related to Shell’s technical abilities and the benefits of OCS drilling in Alaska, Shell hopes to provide Washington D.C. leadership with the information and encouragement they need to make a positive decision about a path forward in the Arctic.
Let’s Create 35,000 Jobs, One Step at a Time.
Offshore exploration and production in Alaska could generate an annual average of 35,000 jobs for the next 50 years – equaling $72 billion in payroll.
Shell is ready to drill two 30-day exploration wells in the shallow waters off the coast of Alaska in 2011.
This exploration is the first step toward reducing the United States’ dependency on imported oil, providing decades of economic growth and helping secure our energy future.
It will help us better understand the resource and combined with ongoing detailed scientific evaluation, is a critical step before any further decisions are taken.
Let’s Be More Prepared Than Ever.
Shell is dedicated to preventing and preparing for any safety challenges we may face. To support our plans to drill two 30-day exploration wells in the shallow waters off the coast of Alaska in 2011, we have created an unprecedented spill response approach.
It includes having offshore, onshore and near-shore response teams and arctic-appropriate equipment ready 24-hours a day, and operational within an hour. It includes the purpose built, ice-class, spill response vessel the Nanuq.
And for 2011 we’ve further improved it by adding a sub-sea containment system, enhancing the response plan and upgrading our blow out preventor.
Of course, our goal is to make sure we never have to use it.