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.

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 there anything remotely resembling common sense buried somewhere in Shell Alaska’s Arctic drilling project?

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 5:54 am

This week’s grounding of the Kulluk may have actually been inevitable. A new, untried design, the Aiviq, took at least one too many chances when deciding to not take shelter – there were no lack of good options – about a week ago, as weather reports rapidly worsened in the north Gulf of Alaska.

Shell Oil Rig Kulluk Being Ground into Razor Blades on Rocky Alaska Beach, Questions Arise

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 5:33 pm

Shell claimed at the start of the aborted 2012 drill season to have spent about $4.5 billion on its Alaska Arctic offshore drilling project. This season was quite expensive too, perhaps costing over a billion dollars before this catastrophe. Cleaning up its mess is going to be very expensive. And fighting renewed efforts to keep Shell out of Alaska waters may cost more scores of millions.

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