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Greenpeace activists block a Shell gasoline station to protest against drilling in the Artic sea. (Photo by MARCEL ANTONISSE/AFP/GettyImages)

Shell Ship Grounding Fuels Arctic Drilling Debate

The grounding of a petroleum drilling ship on a remote Alaska island has refueled the debate over oil exploration in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, where critics for years have said the conditions are too harsh and the stakes too high to allow dangerous industrial development.