EPA issues new draft air permits for Shell Alaska offshore projects

Nick SnowWashington EditorThe US Environmental Protection Agency issued new draft air quality permits on July 1 for Shell Oil Co.'s proposed oil exploration operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska. EPA said it will accept public comments on the draft permits through Aug. 5 as well as hold a public hearing in Barrow on Aug. 4 before deciding whether to issue final permits.A Shell spokesman said these were draft major permits specifically for the Discoverer drillship, and the company is still awaiting a draft minor permit for its Kulluk conical drilling unit.He said in an e-mail that Shell appreciates the work EPA's Region 10 staff did to prepare draft permits for the company...

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