Shell Chukchi drilling permit gets two amendments from US Interior
The US Interior Department has approved Royal Dutch Shell's applications to drill in the Chukchi Sea, but with a built-in stop concerning the availability of a capping stack.
Shell cannot drill into the reserves until a capping stack is posted for use, should it be needed. Then, Shell will have to submit a modified drillingplan to drilling into the target zone.
The initial capping stack aboard theFennica was damaged earlier this month. That vessel is to be repaired in Oregon.