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EPA Cites Shell Arctic Rig for Air-Permit Violations

EPA Cites Shell Arctic Rig for Air-Permit Violations

BY BEN LEFEBVRE

Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Kulluk oil rig violated nine conditions of its air-quality permit while drilling in Arctic waters off northern Alaska last year, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter issued late Thursday.

The EPA’s findings mark the latest setback for Shell’s $5 billion Arctic drilling plans. The $292 million rig was damaged after running aground on the uninhabited Sitkalidak Island south …

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