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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Paul Mehler
There's no indication of a fuel leak from a petroleum drilling vessel that ran aground on a remote Alaska island, the Coast Guard said of a maritime accident that has refueled debate over oil exploration in the U.S. Arctic Ocean.
High seas and strong winds prevented crews from boarding an oil drilling ship to check for any damage after the large vessel went aground off an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska.
"The two that I know, we have a large generator and we have a piece of a tow connection. It's actually an expandable piece that would do the gig. That's the key piece we're missing right now," Capt. Mehler said.
Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler, the federal on-scene coordinator, said no divers have been in the water, but soundings from small Coast Guard boats and discussions with local fishermen indicate the vessel rests on a rocky bottom.