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Crippled Shell rig nears Alaska harbor

BY CLAUDIA ASSIS

HOUSTON -- A grounded semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell has been refloated and it is being towed to Kiliuda Bay, Alaska, according to a website set up by the companies and the U.S. Coast Guard to provide information about the late December incident.

A Coast Guard plane was scheduled to fly over to look for any signs of oil sheen, weather permitting, but no fuel discharges had been reported. The rig, on it way to Seattle for maintenance, broke its tow line and drifted onto the rocks of the uninhabited Sitkalidak Island off Kodiak Island on Dec. 31. The rig carried about 150,000 gallons of diesel and lubricants. U.S.-listed shares of Shell declined 0.4% on a day most energy stocks and the broader U.S. equity markets traded lower.

Dow Jones Newswires

01/07/2013

 

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