Pew Comments on Shell's Chukchi Plans

The drilling risk in the Chukchi Sea is higher than in the Beaufort Sea because fewer wells have been drilled historically. Of the 65 exploration wells drilled in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, only five of those were drilled in the Chukchi Sea over 20 years ago (from 1989 to 1991). Additionally, BOEM's Very Large Discharge (VLD) blowout analysis shows that exploration drilling in the Chukchi Sea would result in a substantially higher potential well blowout 61,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd), versus 25,000 bopd in the Beaufort Sea.

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