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    ENS: Shell Oil Unprepared for 2012 Arctic Drilling, Finds U.S. Review

    Shell screwed up in 2012 and we’re not going to let them screw up when they try to drill in the Arctic again,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told reporters today, releasing the findings of a departmental review of Shell Oil’s 2012 Arctic operations.

    Shell was not able to achieve its goal and did not complete any exploration wells. The company experienced major problems that raised what the review calls “serious questions regarding its ability to operate safely and responsibly in the challenging and unpredictable conditions offshore Alaska.”

    In January, Salazar directed the review of Shell’s 2012 offshore drilling program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, including the company’s preparations for the drilling season and its maritime and emergency response operations, to identify challenges and lessons learned.

    The review team, led by Tommy Beaudreau, principal deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management, makes recommendations that Salazar said will become “directives issued to Shell.”

    The review team identified two specific undertakings that Shell should complete before the company proceeds with offshore exploratory drilling in the future.

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