EPA Slaps Air Pollution Violations On Shell Arctic Rigs

Law360, New York (January 11, 2013, 3:47 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said Royal Dutch Shell PLC violated air pollution permits of its drilling rigs and support vessels in the Arctic Ocean last year, including the company's Kulluk rig which ran aground in Alaska on New Year's Eve.

The EPA issued two separate notices accusing Shell of violating the Clean Air Act permits for its Kulluk and Noble Discoverer rigs and associated vessels, which operate in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi seas. It's the latest regulatory headache the Shell faces over its Arctic drilling practices; the violation notices come two days after the  U.S. Department of the...

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