Shell Preps For Arctic Drilling With Fed Approval Of Spill Plan

Law360, New York (March 28, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT) -- Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. on Wednesday clinched approval from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement for its oil spill response plan for the Beaufort Sea, moving a step closer to starting offshore drilling in the Arctic this summer.

BSEE's approval for the Beaufort Sea spill plan comes a little more than a month after the BSEE greenlighted the Shell's oil spill response plan for the nearby Chukchi Sea.

Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh said Wednesday that the action "adds to our confidence that...
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