Royal Dutch Shell’s Alaska vice-president has admitted he believes “there will be spills” by companies drilling for oil in the Alaskan Arctic.
Environmental campaigners oppose drilling in the Arctic
By Emily Gosden 6:35PM GMT 29 Nov 2012
Shell is one of a handful of companies exploring in Arctic waters and began drilling off Alaska this year.
Environmentalists oppose drilling on the grounds a spill would devastate the environment.
Asked what people were concerned about, Mr Slaiby told the BBC: “There’s no sugarcoating this, it is [an] oil spill.”
“If you ask me will there ever be spills, I imagine there will be spills,” he said.
“Will there be a spill large enough to impact people’s subsistence? My view is no, I don’t believe that would happen.