Late Night: Shell Hopes to Resume Alaskan Arctic Drilling in 2014

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 8:00 pm

Royal Dutch Shell announced to shareholders last week that they are contemplating a resumption of oil drilling in Arctic waters adjacent to Alaska this coming summer season

 

Shell Announces It Will “pause its exploration drilling activity for 2013 in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas”

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, Shell Oil’s wounded conical drill rig, the Kulluk, was towed out of Kiliuda Bay on Kodiak Island, headed back to Dutch Harbor, and from there, to a Korean shipyard.

Today, the oil giant announced no drilling this year.

Kulluk and Noble Discoverer Both to Be “Dry Towed” to Asia for Costly Repairs

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 12:25 pm

Shell Oil has finally gone public with the story first carried anywhere back in January by firedoglake, that their conical drill rig, Kulluk, will be taken from Kiliuda Bay in Kodiak to Asia for major repairs. Additionally, their powered drill rig, Noble Discoverer, berthed in Seward, Alaska since being impounded by the U.S. Coast Guard in November, will be “dry towed” across the North Pacific to a shipyard in Asia. Their destination is almost certainly South Korea.

Cost to Shell of Kulluk Grounding? $90 Million and Counting…

By: Saturday February 2, 2013 4:00 pm

At Shell Oil’s annual Results Conference in London, Shell CEO Peter Voser delivered a prepared address on the company’s global performance during 2012. It included little information about the energy giant’s 2012 Alaska Arctic drilling season fiascos we don’t already know.

Shell Drill Rig Kulluk Heavily Damaged – To Be Put on Oceangoing Drydock and Moved to Asia

By: Monday January 28, 2013 3:39 pm

I have now received word from two anonymous sources on Kodiak Island that it appears damage assessment of the Shell Oil drill rig Kulluk is far worse than has been thus far disclosed by the Unified Command: Severe hull damage, making it unsafe to tow it to Puget Sound. Severe power plant damage from saltwater contamination. Severe damage to wiring, ventilation and other internal control systems.

Supposedly, a very large, oceangoing dry dock will be underway soon to Kodiak from Asia, and the rig will then be brought to Asia, most likely Korea, where it has been worked on before.

After Kulluk Hull Damage Assessment, Shell Mum on Damage Extent – State of Alaska Could Care Less

By: Saturday January 19, 2013 10:15 am

The oil drilling rig Kulluk, which spectacularly went aground on Sitkalidak Island south of Kodiak late on New Years Eve, was salvaged on January 6th, and towed about 40 miles to Kiliuda Bay, where it has been anchored since. Salvage experts have thoroughly gone over the inside and outside of the rig over the intervening days.

Sen. Begich, U.S. House, Interior Department and USCG All to Investigate Shell Alaska and Kulluk Grounding

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 4:52 pm

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D), the Department of the Interior and the United States Coast Guard all announced Tuesday that they will be investigating aspects of the New Years Eve grounding of Shell Alaska’s Arctic oil drilling rig, Kulluk, on an island off of Kodiak.

Last week, Rep. Ed Markey (D – Mass), ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, along with other House Democrats in the House Sustainable Energy and Environment coalition indicated they hope for a House probe.

Alaska Blog and Media Coverage of the Kulluk Grounding

By: Sunday January 6, 2013 5:00 pm

A number of Alaska bloggers have been making efforts to inform their regular readers and others drawn toward the news story of the grounding of and salvage efforts toward the Shell Alaska drilling rig, Kulluk.

List of Questions on Shell’s Alaska 2012 Arctic Drilling Fiasco Grows Longer by the Day

By: Sunday January 6, 2013 7:55 am

Both Rick Steiner and I will be making efforts this coming week to encourage Alaska Democrats to get Sen. Begich to open a U.S. Senate investigation or hearings on this gigantic set of troubling, unanswered questions.

Is Shell About to Kill Someone in Risky Attempt to Save 2013 Arctic Drilling Season? – Updated

By: Saturday January 5, 2013 4:02 pm

The Kulluk grounding Unified Command released information Saturday morning that all but indicates there will be an attempt to extricate the stranded drilling rig from the beach of Sitkalidak Island sometime today or tonight.

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