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Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:43 AM

Shell drilling rig adrift again in Gulf of Alaska and four miles from land

Source: Anchorage Daily News

Update 8:30 p.m.

Royal Dutch Shell and a team that includes the Coast Guard just announced that the drilling rig, the Kulluk, is again adrift and just four miles from land on or near Kodiak Island.

In a brief statement emailed at 8:28 p.m., the command team said: "The Kulluk is estimated to be four miles from the nearest point of land. The safety of personnel and the environment remain the top priority. Difficult weather conditions are anticipated to continue throughout the day. Unified Command is considering all options."

The situation was evolving, the command team said. More information would be released when it became available.







Read more: http://www.adn.com/2012/12/30/2738222/shell-drill-rig-adrift-again-in.html



Shell's attempt to drill offshore from Alaska has been an abysmal failure. I wish they'd just give it up.

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Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 OP
jberryhill Jan 2013 #1
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #3
roguevalley Jan 2013 #11
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #12
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #19
DollarBillHines Jan 2013 #2
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #4
DollarBillHines Jan 2013 #7
PerceptionManagement Jan 2013 #17
SoapBox Jan 2013 #5
AAO Jan 2013 #6
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #8
defacto7 Jan 2013 #9
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #10
Downwinder Jan 2013 #13
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #14
Downwinder Jan 2013 #15
AtheistCrusader Jan 2013 #16
grahamhgreen Jan 2013 #18

Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:50 AM

1. Well, c'mon...

...I mean, they have "difficult weather conditions". Nobody could have really expected that in Alaska in December.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:57 AM

3. I know.

And it's been one drama after another with this project from the very beginning. I hope the damn thing crashes on the rocks.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:00 AM

11. This is a travesty. I hope they eat the zillions it cost. Its 37 degrees and windy here

on the Kenai, Blue. I would hate to have to go out and find this thing. These monsters are tremendous machines.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:04 AM

12. Can you believe all the issues Shell has had with this project??

They should just roll it up and go home. Drilling up there should never have been approved in the first place.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:45 PM

19. They won't eat the cost...

we will

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:57 AM

2. " Unified Command is considering all options."

Oh, wonderful....

What could possibly go astray?

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:59 AM

4. They already had to do a big fancy Coast Guard rescue of everyone

with helicopters and all. At US gov't expense, of course.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:23 AM

7. You betcha!!!

That kinda shit just makes me crazy...
DBH

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:23 AM

17. Greasy Todd and the Half Term were awarded money from the Valdez settlement

Grifters gatta grift.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:12 AM

5. But you know what "they" say...

Drill Baby Drill!

No matter the disaster, they want that drilling!!!!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 02:22 AM

6. I picked a bad day to give up (pick your drug)!

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:41 AM

8. The drilling rig has grounded off Kodiak Island

Update, 11:05 p.m.:

The Shell drill rig Kulluk grounded off Kodiak Island at about 9 p.m., according to the Coast Guard.

The vessel, which again broke loose earlier Monday, is in a rocky area on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island on the northern end of Ocean Bay, officials said at a news briefing late Monday.

No one was aboard the vessel when it grounded, officials said.

The condition of the vessel wasn't immediately clear, officials said. There have been no reports of fuel spills. The vessel was carrying about 155,000 gallons of diesel fuel, officials said.

Earler story:


Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/12/31/2739314/shell-drilling-rig-is-adrift-again.html#storylink=cpy

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:45 AM

9. If we don't have the ability

or the technology, or the will to make these projects work, they should all be stopped... period. We as a country accomplished huge and powerful projects between the 1930s and 1970s, but we were a whole nation making progress then. Now, deregulation of everything and corporate stupidity has taken charge and we are digressing fast and furiously to our own demise.

If they can't do the job without fail no matter what the conditions, they should not be done at all.

Stop the drilling and get the hell out of the oceans, aquifers and the crust of out planet.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 03:46 AM

10. A big amen to that.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:12 AM

13. Was this an evaluation run to show they could drill safely?

FAIL.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:19 AM

14. Have you been keeping up with this saga?

It's been nothing but a clusterf**k from the very beginning.

Here's a little write up on the problems they were having in the fall. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/shell-arctic-drilling_n_1890590.html

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:32 AM

15. And they didn't really get into the cold weather problems.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:12 AM

16. I think it's fair to say they've missed the window of opportunity this season.

Pack it in. Good game. Mother nature wins this round.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:44 AM

18. Will someone please put these criminals behind bars?

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