However, Shell has fought back and stressed that the accident was a “marine transit issue” and not one that had to do with drilling, reports Reuters.
“It is possible to drill safely offshore Alaska, as our 2012 record shows,” said Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh.
“All equipment Shell proposes to use in drilling operations must first satisfy rigorous inspection and testing standards,” said Nicholas Pardi, Shell spokesperson in an e-mail to Bloomberg. “Any approved drilling activities will be held to the highest safety and environmental standards.”
Shell received an arctic drilling permit in August and began drilling in September, but quickly ended Arctic drilling operations for the year.
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