Murkowski: Interior should consider extending Shell’s Arctic drilling window

“If the folks at [the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] and all those that are examining the ice and the conditions up there look at the situation on the ground in, let’s just say, mid-September and say wow, ice is much further off, it is slower in forming, conditions look like it is going to allow for a longer period, I think the Department of Interior clearly left the door open for that,” she added.

Shell must cease all operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas by Oct. 31 under the plan that Interior approved.