Groups want Shell's Arctic plans stopped after ship damaged

2015-07-15 10:15
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Anchorage - Ten environmental groups are calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to stop Shell from drilling in Arctic waters because one of the company's icebreakers is scheduled for repair.

The groups say the 380-foot Fennica was part of Royal Dutch Shell PLC's approved plans for managing icebergs in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE') Sea off Alaska's northwest shore.

The Fennica was damaged July 3 near Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. Shell announced on Monday that the icebreaker would be sent to Portland, Oregon, for repair.

The ship's primary duty is carrying blowout response equipment.

Shell spokesperson Curtis Smith says during the Fennica's repairs, drill vessels could perform top-hole work that doesn't require blowout response equipment.

Shell hopes to drill two exploratory wells this summer.

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