Shell official says 2012 Arctic drilling carried out 'successfully'

Oil   Oil

Shell's top official in Alaska declined on Wednesday to address the problems it encountered during its initial exploration for oil in the Arctic Ocean last year, but stressed that the company's drilling program was carried out "safely and successfully."

At a Senate Commerce oceans subcommittee field hearing in Anchorage chaired by Chairman Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Shell Alaska Vice President Pete Slaiby also maintained that its mishaps were maritime problems. He said the grounding of the Kulluk drilling platform during towing in December had "minimal impact to the environment."

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