MMS approves Shell's Chukchi Sea drilling plans

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has approved, with conditions, Shell Gulf of Mexico’s exploration plan to drill three exploratory, information-gathering wells in the Chukchi Sea.

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has approved, with conditions, Shell Gulf of Mexico’s exploration plan to drill three exploratory, information-gathering wells in the Chukchi Sea.

Shell proposes activities using one drillship, one ice management vessel, an ice class anchor handling vessel, and oil spill response vessels. The closest proposed drill site is more than 60 mi (97 km) offshore Alaska.

“Our approval of Shell’s plan is conditioned on close monitoring of Shell’s activities to ensure that they are conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner,” says Ken Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior. “These wells will allow the department to develop additional information and to evaluate the feasibility of future development in the Chukchi Sea.”

12/07/2009

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