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Shell’s Arctic operations remain in flux — no word on oil-spill safeguards yet

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SEATTLE — Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region.

Shell’s 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that escaped its moorings. The company canceled its 2013 drilling season, and its 2014 operations are in question.

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