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Arctic Port Study for Drilling Support Ships on Hold

The Associated Press reports that “the Army Corps of Engineers suspended its study into building the first deep-water port for large oil and gas support ships in the Arctic Ocean after Royal Dutch Shell ended its exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northern coast.”  

“Shell’s decision last month to halt offshore drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas raised questions about the need for the port project aimed primarily at reducing travel costs for oil and gas support vessels, the Corps said in a statement…”  

“It said it would put the study on hold for a year instead of canceling it because the industry could change and interest is high in improved Arctic marine infrastructure.”

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