Curtis Smith
  • Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

    Calls for federal scrutiny of Royal Dutch Shell drilling operations swelled with plans of a joint investigation by the Interior Department and the Coast Guard.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 04, 2013, 6:14 AM EST
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  • A Shell vessel on Sunday morning sent a drill bit into the ocean floor, beginning preliminary work on an exploratory well 70 miles off the northwest coast of Alaska.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 9:00 PM EST
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