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Shell Begins Drilling Off of Alaska

By DMO Affiliate
For the first time in more than two decades, a drill bit has touched the floor of the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. Royal Dutch Shell has begun its preliminary drilling in the region four years after paying for petroleum leases from the US government. Environmentalist have been critical of the drilling, saying that a spill in a region with so much ice would be difficult to clean up. Furthermore, opponents of Shell fear for the welfare of endangered species in the area, like polar bears.According to the Associated Press, there's an estimated 26 million barrels of recoverable oil in the Chukchi Sea, and 130 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Shell Begins Drilling Off of Alaska

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