Can the risk out weigh the gain? A Shell operated ship used for drilling in the Arctic lost its mooring and moved toward the shore of one of Alaska's islands. The Coast Guard said they were no damages to the vessel.
However, this latest incident raises concerns over the Shell Oil companies drilling plan.
CNN's Miguel Marquez goes OutFront with his 2nd story on Cold Wars: Battle Over Arctic Drilling.
Shell Oil ship slips anchor; incident raises questions about Arctic drilling plan
One of the ships that Shell Oil plans to use to drill in the Arctic slipped its mooring and drifted close to one of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the latest in a string of incidents to arise around the controversial project.
The Noble Discoverer was about 175 yards from shore in Unalaska Bay when it slipped its mooring Saturday and drifted towards shore near Dutch Harbor, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Francis said.
"There are no reports of injuries, pollution and damage to the Noble Discoverer," she said Sunday night.
The incident raised concerns of a possible grounding near Dutch Harbor, though Francis said there was "no damage to the hull or evidence it ran aground."
The Noble Discoverer is one of roughly two dozen ships that Shell is sending to the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in the Arctic to drill exploration wells in the harshest climate in the world.
Pete Slaiby, the vice president of Shell Oil in Alaska, told CNN recently the drilling in the arctic would be the "most complex, most difficult wells we've drilled in company history."
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