The Minerals Management Service today approved Shell Alaska’s oil and gas exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea. There are still a number of hurdles Shell will have to get past before their drill rig the Frontier Discoverer can start work in July. MMS Alaska region director John Goll says Shell will need a host of other permits marine mammal protection act authorizations as well as a air quality permit from the EPA. Goll says many companies wait till spring to start this process but Shell started a year in advance.
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
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