Governor Sean Parnell today released the following statement on Shell Oil Company's decision to pause exploratory drilling for 2013.
"While Shell's decision to pause drilling in Alaska is a disappointment, I commend the company's commitment to safety and responsible development. Much progress has been made toward developing the vast resources in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf, and we recognize this is a long-term endeavor. Taking the long view, we are at the early stage of a new era of oil exploration in the Arctic, one that will continue for decades in a measured and responsible way. Shell continues to have our full support for this project that is critical to America's domestic energy security."