Shell Continues With Arctic Drilling Plan Despite Setbacks
Shell is set to break land in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska with two 400- and 500-foot-long oil rigs, 30 support vessels and seven aircraft.By Jamal Andress | July 8, 2015
Since at least 2012, multinational oil and gas company Shell has been trying to drill off the coast of Alaska in the Chukchi Sea. And since then, the multibillion-dollar company has encountered problem after problem.
Shell is set to break land in the Chukchi Sea this summer with two 400- and 500-foot-long oil rigs (the Polar Pioneer and the Noble Discoverer), 30 support vessels and seven aircraft.
Back in 2012, Shell tried a similar arctic drilling plan in the Chukchi Sea that went horribly wrong; the company had to rescue more than a dozen workers and two of its rigs ran aground.