Shell has applied for a permit to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic next summer.
The company hasn’t made a final decision to persevere with summer drilling in the difficult location,but proposals submitted to Washington kept options open. The plan proposes two drilling rigs in the Chukchi Sea, producing more than 400,000 barrels a day.
Environmentalists staunchly oppose oil exploration in the Arctic. They point to difficult conditions and fragile landscape, meaning an oil spill would be damaging and challenging to contain.