Chukchi Sea drilling plan gets conditional OK

Posted on 08 December 2009

MMS_forwebThe US Minerals Management Service (MMS) has conditionally approved Shell Gulf of Mexico’s plan to drill three exploratory, information-gathering wells in the Chukchi Sea.

“A key component of reducing our country’s dependence on foreign oil is the environmentally responsible exploration and development of America’s renewable and conventional resources,” said US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “By approving this Exploration Plan, we are taking a cautious but deliberate step toward developing additional information on the Chukchi Sea.”

In 2008, Shell’s subsidiary paid $2.1 billion for leases during Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193. The 2008 sale was included in the previous administration’s 2007-2012 Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program to cover leasing for oil and gas in the Outer Continental Shelf for that five-year period. The Exploration Plan now approved allows Shell to drill up to three exploration wells during the July-October open water drilling season.

Shell proposes activities using one drillship, one ice management vessel, an ice-class anchor handling vessel and oil spill response vessels. The closest proposed drill site is more than 60 miles to shore and approximately 80 miles from Wainwright, Alaska.

“Our approval of Shell’s plan is conditioned on close monitoring of Shell’s activities to ensure that they are conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner,” Mr Salazar added.  “These wells will allow the department to develop additional information and to evaluate the feasibility of future development in the Chukchi Sea.”

The 2007-2012 OCS plan is currently undergoing review in response to a US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit order that required additional environmental analysis. The decision on the remaining plan is forthcoming.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Victoria Says:

    i know we need to be more inenpdndeet for sustaining our own oil and not depend on other countries to supply our needs.i am concerned about the safety of the animals, ocean and the whole environment. alaska is a vast wildnerness and should not be touched.to drill is a diseaster waiting to happen. i say NO to the drilling and Mr.President you should also. keep alaska safe and beautiful for our future generations.SAVE OUR ALASKA.NO TO DRILLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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