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Shell oil drilling in Arctic set to get US government permission

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Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 08.56.29From an article by Terry Macalister published by the Guardian on Sunday 22 March 2015:

Shell oil drilling in Arctic set to get US government permission

The US government is expected this week to give the go-ahead to a controversial plan by Shell to restart drilling for oil in the ArcticThe green light from Sally Jewell, the interior secretary, will spark protests from environmentalists…



Shell names new Alaska manager: Petroleum News: 22 March 2015

Shell has appointed Laurie Schmidt as vice president, Shell Alaska, effective February, Shell spokeswoman Megan Baldino has told Petroleum News. Schmidt replaces Pete Slaiby who has taken a new position for Shell, based out of Houston.  Schmidt has moved to Alaska from a position as the head of audit….



(1) The proposed US rules regarding wells expected to be fracked (and operating in Alaska) simply require the use of design criteria which are exceeded by most larger oil companies own standards anyway. Small companies without internal standards have probably been cutting corners to reduce costs when drilling wells, resulting in poor zonal isolation and well integrity, but they have always done this. Larger companies with high internal standards in place (such as Shell and BP) have also shown what can happen when their own company standards are ignored, as happened in Alaska and Macondo.

(2) The replacement of Pete Slaiby by Laurie Schmidt might suggest that Shell is trying to ensure that if they go ahead in Alaska, they will comply with both the government regulations and their own rules this time around.

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