Shell calls off Arctic drilling for 2013, decision only a pause

Kulluk aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island on 1 January 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg

ANCHORAGE, Alaska/ February 28, 2013 — Shell Oil announced yesterday that it will not drill for oil in the Arctic off Alaska this year. The oil giant had planned to drill several exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Several setbacks, including the grounding of its Kulluk drilling rig, failure of its oil spill response containment dome and the Coast Guard’s discovery of numerous safety violations on its Noble Discoverer drilling rig, prompted Shell to delay its plans. “Although Shell calls this simply a ‘pause’ in its plans for…

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