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Problems with Shell’s Arctic Drilling Give Administration a Chance to Hit Pause

Frances Beinecke’s Blog

August 16, 2012

Shell is under tremendous scrutiny as it launches its first foray into Arctic waters—the harshest environment for offshore drilling. The company must put its best foot forward in order to win public trust and secure future drilling rights.

Instead, it is trying to lower the bar. If Shell is already asking for loopholes and exemptions in the nation’s drilling safeguards now, imagine what it might do when attention has moved on and its rigs are operating in the world’s last wild ocean.

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