06 Aug '12, 7pm

Green Blog: The Arctic Drilling Countdown

Green Blog: The Arctic Drilling Countdown

European Pressphoto Agency A Greenpeace activist in a bear costume took part in a recent protest in Edinburgh against Shell’s plans to drill for oil offshore in the Arctic. After several weeks of delays linked to mechanical problems and persistent sea ice, Shell is completing its final preparations for drilling in the Arctic Ocean, company officials said Monday. The company hopes over the next several days to demonstrate to regulators that its oil spill containment equipment is ready and to receive clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency to operate its drill ships without running afoul of air pollution laws. Shell hopes to get the final green light from regulators as early as next week. With the window for drilling narrowing, the secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, is planning to travel to Alaska later this week to be briefed on Shell’s drilling and safety p...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/06/the-arctic-dril...

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