ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A fleet of vessels and people are about to head north to Alaska to take part in Shell’s historic planned offshore Arctic oil drilling project.
This could be one of the busiest summers in recent history for the people of the North Slope, as Shell is very close to its goal of exploring for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.
If you know where to look, there are definite signs that something big is on the way.
Environmental groups are stepping up their game, so too is the U.S. Coast Guard.
Seven months ago the Aiviq, Shell’s newest Arctic ice breaker, was in pieces at a Louisiana shipyard.
Today it’s finished and is about to join a fleet of other drilling vessels in Seattle sometime in June.
From there, they’ll journey to the Arctic and be in place for drilling to start in July, said Shell Alaska Vice President Pete Slaiby.