Regulators seek details on Shell Arctic drill plan

Dec 13, 2013 -- 11:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Federal regulators want more information from Royal Dutch Shell PLC regarding 2014 drilling plans for the Chukchi Sea. Alaska Public Radio Network reports the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management wants details on Shell drill ships and air quality issues. Regional supervisor for the leasing and plans David Johnston says the agency is trying to get a better understanding of Shell's overall approach, especially in light of difficulties experienced in 2012. Shell spokeswoman Megan Baldino had no comment on the request for revisions. She says Shell continues to put building blocks in place for an upcoming exploration season and that a decision regarding 2014 has not been made. She says it's important to note that drilling in the Arctic Ocean is a multi-year exploration program.

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