Shell Statement on Stopping Planned 2014 Exploration Program Offshore Alaska
January 30, 2014 - Shell's statement regarding today's announcement:
As a result of uncertainty raised by the recent Ninth Circuit Court decision that requires the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management to gather and synthesize additional data related to Chukchi Lease Sale 193, Shell will stop the planned 2014 exploration program offshore Alaska. The lack of a clear path forward and an associated timeline makes it impossible to justify the commitment of resources needed to explore safely in 2014.
The original lawsuit was not filed against Shell, but rather the former Minerals Management Service – now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and part of the US Department of the Interior. Shell and other energy companies intervened in the case as a means of preserving leases from the 2008 sale. The original lawsuit was filed by one village on the North Slope and a coalition of environmental NGO’s.
As we look to relevant agencies and the Court to resolve the open legal issues, we will continue to work closely with the Department of Interior to pursue a successful program in the future.