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.

USCG Pursuing Criminal Investigation Against Shell Drilling Rig in Alaska

By: Friday January 4, 2013 2:19 pm

Things just took a turn for the worse for Shell Alaska, and their scam to get two oil drilling rigs the hell out of Alaska before 2013, in order to avoid paying taxes here.

An Interview With Rick Steiner on the Kulluk Grounding Impact on Shell Arctic Drilling in 2013 and Beyond

By: Friday January 4, 2013 6:41 am

Retired University of Alaska Professor Rick Steiner is, along with Dr. Riki Ott, regarded internationally as a first-rank expert on Alaska’s marine ecosystems. Additionally, Steiner is a highly sought after expert on the effects of oil spills on maritime environments. Like Dr. Ott, Steiner was recently awarded the Alaska Muckraker of the Year Award from the state’s pre-eminent marine environment advocacy group, Cook InletKeeper.

Coast Guard Helicopter Rescues Crew From Imperiled Shell Arctic Drilling Rig

By: Sunday December 30, 2012 12:42 pm

Here is a short video released late Saturday by the U.S. Coast Guard, showing part of the helicopter rescue of crewmen from the drilling platform Kulluk. The rig has been imperiled by multiple simultaneous engine failures aboard the oceangoing tug Aiviq, which was towing the rig from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Puget Sound, for modifications, repairs and winter berthing.

What Really Happened When Shell Oil’s Containment Dome Failed in Puget Sound Last Month? PEER Seeks to Find Out

By: Monday October 15, 2012 6:00 am

Four weeks ago, on Saturday, September 16th, in clear, calm, warm summer weather on Puget Sound, something happened while Shell Oil was testing its new, post-Deepwater Horizon oil blowout containment dome. The dome system was being deployed during a certification test being performed by Shell, its agent in the refurbishment and system makeover of the 35-year-old barge, Arctic Challenger, Superior Marine Technical Services, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

Does Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan Adequately Address Arctic Summer Storms? Of Course Not

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 6:00 pm

The USCG and other U.S. government agencies seem to lack the imagination, vision and cautionary perspective to broadly understand how different things are rapidly becoming in the far, far North.

BP, Coast Guard Dance Around Question of Who’s in Charge of Grand Isle Cleanup

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 2:40 pm

I just came from a press conference held on the beach of Grand Isle, Louisiana. It was a joint briefing by representatives of BP and the Coast Guard. When questioned about which entity was in charge of the operation, there was clear confusion about how to answer the question. In fact, no one was in charge of how to answer that question.

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