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Shell is pulling up stakes and ceasing operations in Kansas as its wells there have failed to show enough potential oil production.

Shell will sell 45 producing wells and 600,000 acres in nine Kansas counties that it currently holds.

A spokesman for the company said it will continue to look for other opportunities in North America.

Apache and several other oil companies left the state last year.

Earlier this month, Shell reached a $1.1 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the Clear Air Act permits for Arctic oil and gas exploration.

Royal Dutch Shell was the third most profitable oil company in 2012.