Environmentalists hit out yesterday at Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic this year.
The oil giant made the announcement as it revealed it was cutting spending over the next three years by almost £10 billion in response to sliding prices.
Shell said it wants to pursue Arctic oil exploration if it gets the right permits.
Greenpeace campaigner Charlie Kronick said: “Despite announcing cuts, Shell hasn’t taken the opportunity to cut its most high-cost high-risk project.
“Shell is taking a massive risk doggedly chasing oil in the Arctic, not just with shareholder value, but with the pristine Arctic environment.
“A spill there will be environmentally and financially catastrophic. It’s time for investors to recognise that it’s impossible for Shell to justify its continued pursuit of offshore Arctic oil.”
The new bid to drill in the Alaskan Arctic comes despite previous problems including the Kulluk running aground as it was being towed across the Gulf of Alaska in 2012.