MMS has approved Shell Offshore, Inc.'s plan to drill two exploration wells in Arctic waters. The exploration wells will be located in the Beaufort Sea, off the Alaskan coast, within OCS leases that Shell purchased in 2005 and 2007. (MMS maintains that these leases, which were included in the 2002-2007 5-year plan, are not affected by the recent D.C. Circuit order which remanded the 2007-2012 plan back to MMS for additional analysis, calling into question certain leases sold under it). Before exploratory drilling takes place, Shell must obtain an Application for Permit to Drill from MMS, among other environmental hurdles.