Shell will halt offshore drilling near Alaska


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Oil company announces lackluster results from exploratory well in the Arctic.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Oil company announces lackluster results from exploratory well in the Arctic.

Shell found indications of the oil and gas in the well in the Chukchi Sea about 80 miles off Alaska’s northwest coast, the company said Monday in a release from The Hague, Netherlands. However, the petroleum was not in quantities sufficient to warrant additional exploration in that portion of the basin, the company said.

“Shell continues to see important exploration potential in the basin, and the area is likely to ultimately be of strategic importance to Alaska and the U.S.,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell USA, in the announcement. “However, this is a clearly disappointing exploration outcome for this part of the basin.”

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