2013-01-01. Rig Runs Aground in Alaska, Reviving Fears About Arctic Drilling

posted Jan 2, 2013, 12:13 PM by Alan Gould
| John M. Broder and Henry Fountain, The New York Times. Relevant to GSS Energy Use, chapter 3. Excerpt:  …One of Shell Oil’s two Arctic drilling rigs is beached on an island in the Gulf of Alaska, threatening environmental damage from a fuel spill and calling into question Shell’s plans to resume drilling in the treacherous waters north of Alaska in the summer. The rig, the Kulluk, broke free from a tow ship in stormy seas and ran aground Monday night. The Coast Guard was leading an effort to keep its more than 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel and lubricants from spilling onto the rocky shoreline. At a news conference in Anchorage on Tuesday afternoon, Capt. Paul Mehler III, …said …“No sign of breach of hull, no sign of release of any product.”  …The grounding was the latest in a series of mishaps to befall Shell’s ambitious plans to prospect for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off the North Slope of Alaska. … The other ship Shell has used in the Arctic, the Noble Discoverer, has had problems of its own ... it nearly ran aground after dragging its anchor in the Aleutian Islands ... had a small engine fire ... Coast Guard found more than a dozen violations involving safety systems and pollution equipment…. Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/business/energy-environment/breakaway-oil-rig-runs-aground-in-gulf-of-alaska.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130102