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Shell drill ship slips moorings, drifts toward Alaska shore

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 2:25pm
Reuters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - One of the drill ships that Royal Dutch Shell plans to use in a controversial Arctic drilling program slipped off its moorings and drifted to the edge of shore in Alaska's Aleutian islands, a U.S. Coast Guard representative said on Sunday.

The 500-foot (152-meter) Noble Discoverer, contracted by Shell to drill exploration wells in the remote Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, drifted in windy conditions on Saturday afternoon to within 100 yards of shore in an Aleutian bay, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Francis said.

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