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A couple stands in front of River Street while the waves hit the seawall in Nome, Alaska, in 2011. (AP Photo/Peggy Fagerstrom, file)

Alaska deep-water port proposed for vessels in Arctic waters

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As ship traffic has increased, federal agencies have expressed concern about responding to vessels in distress, industrial activities and oil spills.
Waves crash over the drilling unit Kulluk where it sat aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Jan. 1, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class/Jonathan Klingenberg.)

Kulluk drilling rig accident stokes fresh fears on Arctic drilling

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The grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig amid a fierce storm in the Gulf of Alaska raised the specter of a fuel spill in the region and provided fresh fodder to drilling foes who insist Arctic oil exploration is too risky to allow. The episode also cast doubt on whether Shell Oil Co. will be able to resume its hunt for Arctic oil this year.