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Royal Dutch Shell Files Arctic Drilling Plans

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 00.00.49A Shell spokesperson claims that the company’s latest Arctic exploration plan takes into account lessons learned from the 2012 operation (which turned into a dangerous farce after Shell engaged in reckless machinations in an effort to evade tax).

By John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell has filed a plan with US federal regulators that could result in a resumption of its Arctic drilling campaign in the summer of of 2015.

However, the oil giant still has significant regulatory and legal issues to deal with in the meantime.

A Shell spokesperson claims that the company’s latest Arctic exploration plan takes into account lessons learned from the 2012 operation (which turned into a dangerous farce after Shell engaged in reckless machinations in an effort to evade tax). 

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Shell formally launches 2015 Arctic drilling bid

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Environmentalists warn that drilling in Arctic waters is too risky and insist that any spill at the top of the globe would be impossible to clean up. While Shell plans to stash booms, skimmers and other spill response gear nearby, conservationists note that most of that equipment is geared toward warmer, calmer waters.

Shell formally launches 2015 Arctic drilling bid

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The exploration plan filed with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Anchorage keeps the door open for Shell to resume its Arctic drilling campaign as soon as summer 2015, and is the strongest evidence yet that new CEO Ben van Beurden wants to keep pursuing a big discovery in the U.S. Arctic after an ill-fated exploration campaign in 2012.

Shell Submits a Plan for New Alaskan Arctic Oil Exploration

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SHELL’S SHIPWRECKED AMBITIONS IN THE GULF OF ALASKA: 1 Jan 2013

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Shell risked offshore workers lives to dodge Alaskan tax bill: 9 April 2014

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