Shell Moves Drill Rig Off Burger Drill Site in Chukchi Sea Due to Encroaching Ice
Within hours of sinking its first bit into the seabed of the Chukchi Sea, Shell announced that it was halting drilling because of sea-ice concerns.
Reports say that drilling halted yesterday, and today the drill-ship was detaching from its anchors and moving off of its drill site as a 3o-mile-long by 12-mile-wide chunk of sea-ice approached the site.
The ice, moving at approximately one-half mile an hour is still about 105 miles away according to Shell. The oil giant is monitoring the movement of the ice through satelitte and radar imagery and onsite observation.
Shell expects to be back on site and back drilling in a couple of days, but it all depends on the movement of the ice.