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Listen: Shell's summer oil drilling plans in Arctic get frosty reception from environmental groups

Summer is starting, and while Platts senior editors Brian Scheid and Herman Wang start thinking of sunscreen and sunglasses, Shell is planning to drill offshore Alaska. The plan has received conditional approval from the Obama administration, but it's drawn fierce opposition from environmental groups. Is drilling in the Arctic worth the risk?

Capitol Crude speaks with Curtis Smith, a Shell spokesman, and Michael Levin, Pacific senior counsel with Oceana, about Shell's plans. Additionally, US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper stops by to discuss the administration's decision to give Shell a conditional approval.

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