Letter on Assessment of 2012 Arctic Operations

Monday, January 28, 2013


Following the many serious technical and decision-making problems Shell encountered this past year in its attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas, our organizations greatly appreciate Interior’s ongoing review of practices, challenges, and lessons learned. As stated in Interior’s January 8, 2013 press release, “The review, which is expected to be completed within 60 days, will pay special attention to challenges that Shell encountered in connection with certification of its containment vessel, the Arctic Challenger; the deployment of its containment dome; and operational issues associated with its two drilling rigs, the Noble Discoverer and the Kulluk.”
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