17 Sep '12, 3pm

Shell gives up on Arctic drilling (until next year)

“In order to lay a strong foundation for operations in 2013, we will forgo drilling into hydrocarbon zones this year,” Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh said in an email. “Instead, we will begin as many wells, known as ‘top holes,’ as time remaining in this season allows.” While the company has received permits to begin preliminary work in the Arctic, it has been struggling to get its oil spill response barge, called Arctic Challenger, certified in order to get final drilling permits for the controversial project. The company successfully completed a series of tests for the containment system in the last several days, but during a final test, the containment dome aboard the Arctic Challenger was damaged, op de Weegh said.

Full article: http://grist.org/news/shell-gives-up-on-arctic-drilling-u...

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