Shell clears another offshore drilling hurdle

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Shell oil company has cleared another hurdle in its quest to explore for oil off Alaska’s northwest coast.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich said Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency approved Shell’s air quality permit for exploration in the Chukchi Sea. The permit is one of the last administrative steps needed before final approval for drilling in the Chukchi is granted.

Shell plans to have up to three exploratory wells operating there next summer.

A public comment period on the matter ends Feb. 17.


Information from: KTUU-TV,