Shell Oil is seeking to changes to the air permit for one of its drill ships after a spokesman says generator engines tested slightly above permit levels for ammonia and nitrous oxide.
Curtis Smith says Shell is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toward a compliance order that would allow the Discoverer to operate this year. He says this would set in motion a review process for the permit changes for 2013 and beyond.
Shell hopes to begin drilling in the Arctic waters off Alaska in weeks.
Suzanne Skadowski, with EPA public affairs, says this is a major permit and the agency hasn’t decided how to proceed.
She says the regulations for such permits don’t talk about modifications so EPA is reviewing whether it’s appropriate to make revisions.
- Lawmakers plan to spend as little as one day in Juneau, as they meet Thursday for their third special session this year.
- Charging documents state that a seizure caused an accident that left two people dead July 4th last year. The driver in a van accident, Chris Allen, 24, is facing murder and manslaughter charges.
- Alaska Airlines is still ironing out operational wrinkles following the acquisition of Virgin America last year. At the same time, its smaller, regional airline is still grappling with a pilot shortage.
- A green sponge discovered in 2005 in Southeast Alaska waters has unique properties that could be used to treat certain types of cancer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosted a news conference Wednesday morning.