NEW YORK Royal Dutch
Shell Plc is idling its drilling program in Alaskas
Beaufort and Chukchi seas after one of its rigs was damaged in
a "maritime incident related to strong weather conditions"
following the 2012 drilling season, the company said Feb.
"Our decision to pause in 2013
will give us time to ensure the readiness of all our
equipment," upstream Americas director Marvin Odum said. "We
continue to believe that a measured and responsible pace,
especially in the exploration phase, fits best in this remote
However, the Hague, Netherlands-based company reiterated
that it is committed to resuming exploration in the region in