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Oil Spill Containment Barge Holds Up Shell’s Arctic Plans

By | July 23, 2012 - 5:13 pm

The Coast Guard is relaxing certification standards for Shell’s oil spill containment barge. The company convinced regulators the Arctic Challenger should be considered a mobile unit. Among other things, that means its mooring system only needs to be able to weather a 10-year storm, as opposed to the more rigorous 100-year standard for fixed platforms.

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