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Murkowski Comments on Shell’s Decision to Pause Alaska Exploratory Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to Shell’s decision to put their exploration activities on pause this summer for offshore Alaska.

“I have been a strong supporter of Shell’s activities in the waters off Alaska’s northern coastline and in energy exploration in general, but I have always said that it must be done to the highest safety standards. Shell’s decision to postpone this summer’s exploratory drilling program shows that it shares that commitment to safety.

“This pause – and it is only a pause in a multi-year drilling program that will ultimately provide great benefits both to the state of Alaska and the nation as a whole – is necessary for Shell to repair its ships and make the necessary updates to its exploration plans that will ensure a safe return to exploration soon.”

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