Shell Resumes Operations After Storm Forces Arctic Stop

A Shell spokesman said Monday that full operations, including drilling, will start again once a systems check is complete and the company is satisfied it's safe to start drilling again.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed operations after high winds and rough seas north of Alaska's northern coast put a temporary stop to exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

But Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says in a Monday email to The Associated Press that full operations, including drilling, will start again once a systems check is complete and the company is satisfied it's safe to start drilling again.

He says there's no timeline for that to be completed.

Shell has resumed drilling in the Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012.

Bad weather has postponed previous drilling operations, and Shell has said it plans for it. Bad weather affected previous drilling in both the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

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