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FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific. Ten environmental groups are calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to halt plans by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for drilling in Arctic waters because one of the company’s icebreakers is scheduled for repair. Royal Dutch Shell PLC has applied to amend its federal drilling permit to allow drilling into oil-bearing rock in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast. Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says Shell on Thursday applied to lift the restriction limiting drilling to top-hole work. The Fennica is expected to reach the drill site Tuesday, AUG. 11, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File)

Shell CEO says ‘personal journey’ led to Arctic exploration

LONDON — The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell says he decided to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska after a careful evaluation of the risks.

In an interview with the BBC broadcast Wednesday, Ben van Beurden says that although drilling in the Arctic carries an “increased risk profile” because of the fragile environment, the reservoir Shell is exploring is “from a technical perspective relatively easy.”

He said: “You have to make a judgment, can I do this in a responsible way? That is a bit of a personal journey that I had to go through ….We believe that we can responsibly explore for hydrocarbons in Alaska.”

Shell has received permission to drill at two sites in the Chukchi Sea. Activists including Greenpeace have protested, arguing it’s unsafe.

In related news, Shell seeks modified permit for Arctic offshore drilling.

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