Shell's Arctic Drilling Permit Upsets Environmental Groups
News that the government will allow Shell to drill under the sea floor for the first time in decades drew the predictable ire of environmental groups.By Eugene Daniels | August 17, 2015
The Obama administration has given the final OK for Shell to drill deeper in the Arctic than it has in more than 20 years.
The holdup was due to a piece of equipment the feds wanted equipped on the wellheads called a capping stack; basically, it can shut down a well if a blowout happens. (Video via Shell)
With the capping stack in place, the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement told The Hill the drilling is being held to the "highest safety, environmental protection and emergency response standards." (Video via Platts)