Shell Arctic Drilling Problems

  The Arctic Challenger is at the Port of Bellingham International Dock Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in Bellingham, Wa. Safety equipment that Shell Oil volunteered to put into place for drilling off the coast of Alaska is complicating the companyâs quest to reach oil-bearing rock during the short open water drilling season this year. Royal Dutch Shell LLC announced Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 that a containment dome being tested off the coast of Bellingham, Wash., was damaged Saturday night in its final test. Time needed to repair the damage, on top of delays from ice and waiting for the Alaska Nativesâ whaling season to end, figured into a decision to cancel plans to complete exploratory wells this year in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. (AP Photo/The Bellingham Herald, Philiip A. Dwyer)
The Arctic Challenger is at the Port of Bellingham International Dock Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in Bellingham, Wa. Safety equipment that Shell Oil volunteered to put into place for drilling off the coast of Alaska is complicating the company’s quest to reach oil-bearing rock during the short open water drilling season this year. Royal Dutch Shell LLC announced Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 that a containment dome being tested off the coast of Bellingham, Wash., was damaged Saturday night in its final test. Time needed to repair the damage, on top of delays from ice and waiting for the Alaska Natives’ whaling season to end, figured into a decision to cancel plans to complete exploratory wells this year in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. (AP Photo/The Bellingham Herald, Philiip A. Dwyer)

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