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January 8 2013

Oil Harvesting Goes to Extremes


The grounding of a drilling rig in Arctic waters illustrates the risks of pushing the boundaries of oil exploration and recovery.

An Arctic storm tore a drilling rig loose from its tow ship and forced it aground near Alaska's Kodiak Island this week. Just a few months ago, the rig and another began preliminary drilling of the first offshore oil wells in the Arctic.

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