Salazar Urged to Bar Shell’s Plans for Oil Drilling in Arctic

Publication: Bloomburg Businessweek

Author: Kim Chipman

05/05/2010 - Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean should be halted by the U.S., because the BP Plc incident in the Gulf of Mexico shows that companies aren’t capable of handling big oil spills, environmental groups said.

Oceana, Pew Environment Group and Audubon Alaska asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today to reconsider approval of Shell’s plans to drill exploration wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska’s coast. The risk is too great, the groups said in a letter sent to Salazar, citing the incident that has led to the leaking of at least 5,000 barrels of oil a day into waters off the Louisiana and Mississippi coast.

“The ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico makes it unambiguously clear that the oil industry has only limited capacity to respond to large oil spills once they occur,” the groups said.

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