The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approved Shell to begin operations in he Beaufort Sea. Operations include drilling mudline cellars, as well as shallow strings of pipe. Drilling to hydroarbon bearing zones will wait until next year. BSEE Authorizes Shell Preparatory Activities in Beaufort Sea | BSEE.
The company also announced that it was moving the Noble Discoverer back onto the Burger A well in the Chukchi Sea.
Shell reported today that sea ice is finally moving away from the Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea. No word on when drilling will resume.
The media is reporting that Shell announced this morning that they are abandoning drilling in the Arctic until this year. I’m not reading their statement that way. Shell is not abandoning its drilling program; their approved “tophole” operations are continuing as cleared by the Department of Interior. Read the rest of this entry
Exactly one week ago, Shell triumphantly announced the resumption of drilling in the offshore Arctic after a 20 year hiatus. The drillship Noble Discoverer spud (began drilling) the first new Burger prospect well in the Chukchi Sea; less than 24 hours later, they had to shut down and move 30 miles away to allow for a huge ice floe to move through the area. They’ve been there ever since, monitoring ice. Read the rest of this entry
Huge ice floe continues to shut down drilling on Shell’s Burger prospect.