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Regulators OK Shell Preparatory Drilling In Beaufort Sea

Law360, New York (September 20, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT) -- Offshore regulators told Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Thursday that it could begin the first stages of drilling for oil in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, allowing the company to prepare wells that could begin producing next year.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approved Shell's application for permit to drill in the Beaufort and said the company could begin limited preparatory activities that will leave it better positioned to start full development next year. BSEE has already authorized Shell to do similar work on wells in...
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