EPA Fines Shell $1.1M for Arctic Air Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency says affiliates of Royal Dutch Shell PLC have agreed to pay $1.1 million for violations of air permits during 2012 Arctic offshore drilling.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The Environmental Protection Agency says affiliates of Royal Dutch Shell PLC have agreed to pay $1.1 million for violations of air permits during 2012 Arctic offshore drilling.
The EPA says Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and Shell Offshore, Inc. violated Clean Air Act permits for drilling in the Chukchi Sea by the drill vessel Noble Discoverer and in the Beaufort Sea by the Kulluk.
The EPA in an announcement says the agency documented numerous air permit violations during the roughly two months the vessels operated drilling top holes and performing other preliminary work for exploratory drilling.
Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says by email a season of operating has given the company a better understanding of how emissions control equipment functions in Arctic conditions.