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Shell faces new probe over Alaska drill program

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A fourth government probe is under way into Royal Dutch Shell's mishap-prone 2012 Alaska drilling season, this time for possible violations of international marine environmental rules, a U.S. Coast Guard official said on Wednesday.Full story

Small fire breaks out on Shell drill ship

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A small fire, caused by an explosion, broke out Friday on a drill ship used by Royal Dutch Shell to explore for oil in Alaska's remote Chukchi Sea, company and harbor representatives said. Full story

Alaska village short of water as winter nears

Inupiat Eskimo villagers in a small Alaska community are facing six long months of melting ice and snow nearly every time they want to cook a meal or bathe, after freezing temperatures hit before workers could fill the village's two large storage tanks with water. Full story

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Scientists Jens Ehn and Christie Wood scoop water from melt ponds on sea ice in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic Ocean
Scientists Jens Ehn and Christie Wood scoop water from melt ponds on sea ice in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic Ocean

Scientists Jens Ehn and Christie Wood scoop water from melt ponds on sea ice in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic Ocean in this July 10, 2011 NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters June 10, 2012. REUTERS/Kathryn Hansen/NASA