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Shell takes pause from returning to Alaskan drilling

Regulatory authorities and Shell are investigating the problems that hit the 2012 drilling programme

Shell’s plans to return to Alaska’s Arctic waters in 2013 have been put on ice while the company and US regulatory authorities investigate the causes of a series of problems that hit the 2012 drilling programme.  Marvin Odum, the president of Shell’s US business, said On 27 February the company would take a “pause” in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in Alaska, while authorities look into the grounding of its Kulluk drillship on 31 December.The announcement came just a week after the US Coast Guard handed a report over to the Department of Justice on alleged safety violations at a second rig, the Noble Discoverer, which could lead to criminal charges against Shell or the rig’s operator Noble C

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