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Shell gets permits for limited oil drilling in Arctic waters

 


ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast.

The two permits issued Wednesday clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with conditions.

Shell can only drill the top sections of wells because the company doesn't have critical emergency response equipment on site to cap a well in case of a leak. That equipment is aboard a ship headed to Portland, Oregon, for repairs.

The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement that Shell could s...



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