The energy company Royal Dutch Shell announced putting on hold further oil exploration in one of the fields on Alaska shelf in the Chukchi Sea.
The decision to discontinue research was made after exploratory drilling revealed no evidence of sufficiently large oil reserves to continue the search, TASS reports.
"The Shell Alaska team has operated safely and exceptionally well in every aspect of this year's exploration program," Shell Upstream Americas Director Marvin Odum said. "Shell continues to see important exploration potential in the basin, and the area is likely to ultimately be of strategic importance to Alaska and the US. However, this is a clearly disappointing exploration outcome for this part of the basin."
According to the previous reports, the US administration had granted Shell Oil Company prior permission to begin exploratory drilling to find oil and gas in the Arctic.
"We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea, recognizing the significant environmental, social and ecological resources in the region and establishing high standards for the protection of this critical ecosystem, our Arctic communities, and the subsistence needs and cultural traditions of Alaska Natives," Abigail Ross Hopper Director of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said then.
The recent decision of the US administration to allow Shell to drill in the Arctic was taken four months after the US authorities had granted it a permit to the company to drill in the Atlantic.