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Rig accident shows danger of Arctic drilling: Green groups

The conical drilling unit Kulluk, owned by Royal Dutch/Shell, sits aground 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, on the shore of Sitkalidak Island in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on New Year's Eve in "near hurricane" conditions and dragged two vessels trying to control it more than 10 miles toward Sitkalidak Island before the crews cut it loose to save themselves, the U.S. Coast Guard said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Marsh/Handout

The conical drilling unit Kulluk, owned by Royal Dutch/Shell, sits aground 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, on the shore of Sitkalidak Island in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on...more

The conical drilling unit Kulluk, owned by Royal Dutch/Shell, sits aground 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, on the shore of Sitkalidak Island in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on New Year's Eve in "near hurricane" conditions and dragged two vessels trying to control it more than 10 miles toward Sitkalidak Island before the crews cut it loose to save themselves, the U.S. Coast Guard said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Marsh/Handout
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A salvage team aboard the conical drilling unit Kulluk wraps up lines from an emergency towing system in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on the shore of Sitkalidak Island 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska on New Year's Eve in "near hurricane" conditions, the U.S. Coast Guard said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Marsh/Handout

A salvage team aboard the conical drilling unit Kulluk wraps up lines from an emergency towing system in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on the shore of Sitkalidak Island 40 miles (64 kms) southwest...more

A salvage team aboard the conical drilling unit Kulluk wraps up lines from an emergency towing system in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on the shore of Sitkalidak Island 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska on New Year's Eve in "near hurricane" conditions, the U.S. Coast Guard said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Marsh/Handout
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A salvage team aboard the conical drilling unit Kulluk moves lines from an emergency towing system in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on the shore of Sitkalidak Island 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska on New Year's Eve in "near hurricane" conditions, the U.S. Coast Guard said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Marsh/Handout

A salvage team aboard the conical drilling unit Kulluk moves lines from an emergency towing system in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on the shore of Sitkalidak Island 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of...more

A salvage team aboard the conical drilling unit Kulluk moves lines from an emergency towing system in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on the shore of Sitkalidak Island 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska on New Year's Eve in "near hurricane" conditions, the U.S. Coast Guard said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Marsh/Handout
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The conical drilling unit Kulluk, owned by Royal Dutch/Shell, sits aground 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, on the shore of Sitkalidak Island in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on New Year's Eve in "near hurricane" conditions and dragged two vessels trying to control it more than 10 miles toward Sitkalidak Island before the crews cut it loose to save themselves, the U.S. Coast Guard said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Marsh/Handout

The conical drilling unit Kulluk, owned by Royal Dutch/Shell, sits aground 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, on the shore of Sitkalidak Island in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on...more

The conical drilling unit Kulluk, owned by Royal Dutch/Shell, sits aground 40 miles (64 kms) southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, on the shore of Sitkalidak Island in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 2, 2013. The Kulluk ran aground on New Year's Eve in "near hurricane" conditions and dragged two vessels trying to control it more than 10 miles toward Sitkalidak Island before the crews cut it loose to save themselves, the U.S. Coast Guard said. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Marsh/Handout
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