Shell applies to amend Arctic drilling permit depth limit

Offshore staff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Royal Dutch Shell has applied for an amended permit that would allow it to drill two Arctic Ocean wells deeper than currently permitted.

Shell earlier this month got permission to drill, but not as deep a hole as requested. This amendment would allow drilling to the original well target depth.

The earlier permit was limited because the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement determined Shell did not have all the required equipment to respond to a blowout.

The capping stack has arrived and is staged for a response within 24 hours. That has prompted Shell to request the amendment.

08/12/2015

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