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US accuses Shell of ‘screwing up’

Mr Salazar said: “Shell screwed up in 2012 and we’re not going to let them screw up when they try to drill in the Arctic again.”

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The i: Friday 29 March 2013 Page 48 of Business Section

By Tom Bawden

Shell’s beleaguered campaign to produce oil in the Arctic has suffered a further setback yesterday  when US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the company “screwed up” its attempt to drill in Alaska last year.

Furthermore, he said, Shell will not be allowed to drill in the area again until it demonstrates it can handle Arctic conditions and commissions an independent audit of its management systems.

The US Department of the Interior ordered a 60-day review in January of Shell’s plans to drill off the coast of Alaska after a series of incidents in the area that culminated in the grounding of the Kulluk rig.

Mr Salazar said: “Shell screwed up in 2012 and we’re not going to let them screw up when they try to drill in the Arctic again.”

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