Feds Want Public Input on Exploratory Drilling in Beaufort Sea

The federal government is looking for public input on Shell’s plan to do exploratory drilling in the Beaufort Sea next summer. The company plans to drill four test wells about 20 miles off Alaska’s coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will spend the next 30 days evaluating the plan. And as part of that process, the agency is accepting public comments until July 15th.

Shell also wants to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea in 2012. But that proposal isn’t ready yet for public comment.

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Annie Feidt is the broadcast managing editor at Alaska Public Media. Reach her atafeidt@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Anniehere

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