Shell Gets Tentative OK For 2012 Arctic Drilling

Law360, New York (August 4, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT) -- Federal regulators on Thursday granted Shell Offshore Inc. tentative approval to drill oil exploration wells in Alaska's Beaufort Sea beginning in July 2012, ending the suspension President Barack Obama put on drilling in the Arctic following the Deepwater Horizon spill.

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement conditionally approved Shell's proposal to drill up to four shallow-water exploration wells in the Beaufort Sea. President Obama had halted the approval process in May 2010 as part of a suspension of...
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