The top oil lobbyist in Washington DC says Shell Oil should not be hampered by the grounding of the Kulluk.
The American Petroleum Institute says Shell Oil should move forward with its Arctic Ocean plans this year.
“The most important thing is to distinguish that the issue was a transportation, a movement situation,” Gerard said.
Gerard says the incident it has nothing to do with oil drilling. The Kulluk has been successfully anchored near Kodiak Island.
Gerard says that federal regulators are closely watching Shell as it drills and moves its fleet of rigs and vessels. So, in his eyes, it’s safe for the company to proceed with its Arctic drilling plans this summer.
“I think they’re not only highly regulated, but also highly monitored and scrutinized at what they’re doing,” Gerard said. “So I think that clearly needs to move forward.”
Gerard’s comments come on the same day that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced an expedited review of Shell’s Arctic ambitions.
The review will be completed within 60 days, and will give considerable attention to the Kulluk and the failed containment dome test this past summer.
- September 2, 2015- President Barack Obama visited Dillingham Wednesday afternoon as part of his trip to Alaska.
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- September 2, 2015- The president will travel from the airport to Kanakanak Beach to meet with fishermen and families. He will then attend a cultural performance at the Dillingham Middle/High School.
- September 2, 2015- Everyone from fishermen to local leaders are getting ready for the president’s visit — and have their own hopes for what he takes away.