Oil tanker near Texas leaves after legal dispute

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) — A tanker carrying crude oil from Kurdistan has left its position near Texas during an ongoing legal dispute with Iraq over its potentially $100 million cargo. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman tells The Houston Chronicle the United Kalavryta moved from the area near Galveston where it’s been for about a month. A maritime tracking system stopped receiving a signal from the ship on Monday.

The tanker arrived with 1 million barrels of oil pumped from the Kurdish areas of Iraq in July. Iraq considers the oil stolen and has sued to stop its sale. Iraq has threatened to sue anyone who helps offload it. It’s unclear if the oil was sold and where the ship went.

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