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Shell’s Beaufort plans in spotlight

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation & Enforcement (BOEMRE) today said it would accept comment on Shell’s Beaufort Sea drilling plans until 23 December.

10 December 2010 17:19 GMT

The agency said it will accept submissions on the Anglo-Dutch supermajor’s oil spill prevention and contingency plans, as well as Shell’s proposals to contain any potential blowout, and on worst-case discharge scenarios independently calculated by government staff.

Shell had asked the agency to approve a drilling permit by the end of this month so it can push ahead with plans to drill during the Alaskan summer drilling window.

Environmentalists oppose the plan, claiming exploration places the Arctic environment at serious risk.

BOEMRE head Michael Bromwich has said the regulators will not rush a decision about the permit.

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