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Shell ready to drill in Alaska after receiving green light-CEO

ISTANBUL, Sept 4 | Tue Sep 4, 2012 4:16am EDT

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is ready to start exploring for oil in Alaska after receiving the green light, Chief Executive Peter Voser told a news conference in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Tuesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency said last week Shell, which has spent about $4.5 billion on its effort to drill Arctic oil, would soon get a temporary air permit to operate a drilling rig offshore Alaska.

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