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    BSEE and Coast Guard discuss Arctic preparedness strategy

    Legislation and Procedures // July 1, 2015

    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire and Rear Admiral Dan Abel, Coast Guard 17th District Commander, met recently to discuss Arctic oil spill preparedness and coordination of incident management strategies.

    The meeting, which included BSEE and Coast Guard officials from Washington DC was in preparation for drilling operations proposed by Shell in the Chukchi Sea this summer.

    The conversation highlighted the federal government’s continued focus on the Arctic which requires stringent effective oversight to ensure all activities are conducted safely and responsibly.

    In order to move forward with its 2015 drilling program, Shell must secure approved permits from BSEE and other federal agencies.

    Shell plans to focus its 2015 efforts on drill sites approximately 70 nautical miles northwest from Wainwright, Alaska.


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