Friday, June 08, 2012

Arctic sea ice causing delays

Heavy sea ice is causing delays for oil exploration in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas north of Alaska this summer. A two-week delay is expected due to the heaviest sea ice in ten years.

Shell oil refurbished a 160-foot floating oil derrick named Kulluk that had been in storage for ten years. But it will be delayed in starting by about two weeks to the beginning of August, then has only until October 31 to drill in the Beaufort Sea.

Seattle Times

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