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Shell Oil fleet headed to Unalaska

Associated Press – March 24, 2010 1:04 PM ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Unalaska Mayor Shirley Marquardt says Shell Oil is expected to bring 400 workers and seven support vessels to Dutch Harbor to begin oil exploration in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

The flotilla is anticipated to arrive in June and remain through October.

A bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior has conditionally approved Shell’s plan to drill up to three exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea.

The Dutch Harbor Fisherman reports that Shell could drill up to 12 wells over the course of the 6-year project, if ice conditions allow.

Information from: The Dutch Harbor Fisherman, http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com

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