Arctic drilling http://kuow.org en Coast Guard Blames Kulluk Grounding on Shell Oil's Complacency, Risk Taking http://kuow.org/post/coast-guard-blames-kulluk-grounding-shell-oils-complacency-risk-taking <p>A US Coast Guard investigation blames Shell Oil's complacency and risk-taking for an oil rig running aground on a remote Alaskan Island on New Year's Eve 2012.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:52:06 +0000 John Ryan 31963 at http://kuow.org Coast Guard Blames Kulluk Grounding on Shell Oil's Complacency, Risk Taking Shell Still Aims For Arctic Oil Drilling Despite Mishaps http://kuow.org/post/shell-still-aims-arctic-oil-drilling-despite-mishaps <p></p><p>Exactly a year ago, an oil rig being towed to Seattle ran aground on a remote island in the Gulf of Alaska. The New Year's Eve accident capped a year of trouble for Shell Oil in Alaska and in Puget Sound.</p><p>Shell is still seeking federal approval to drill in the Arctic, and a critical ship in Shell’s Arctic fleet is still sitting idle on the Bellingham, Wash., waterfront.</p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:14:34 +0000 John Ryan 26290 at http://kuow.org Shell Still Aims For Arctic Oil Drilling Despite Mishaps Shell's Arctic "Beer Can" Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound http://kuow.org/post/shells-arctic-beer-can-passes-federal-test-puget-sound <p></p><p>Shell Oil Co. had to postpone its Arctic drilling until 2014 after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter, but Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continue in Puget Sound.</p><p>The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators in March in the waters off Anacortes, Wash., north of Seattle. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:16:01 +0000 John Ryan 11824 at http://kuow.org Shell's Arctic "Beer Can" Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound US Blames Shell For Mishaps, Remains Committed To Arctic Drilling http://kuow.org/post/us-blames-shell-mishaps-remains-committed-arctic-drilling <p></p><p>Interior Secretary Ken Salazar had some tough words for Shell Oil Thursday as he announced the results of an investigation into Shell's Alaskan accidents in 2012. But he did not announce the tough consequences that environmentalists were hoping for in the wake of Shell’s year of Arctic mishaps.</p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:16:23 +0000 John Ryan 9790 at http://kuow.org US Blames Shell For Mishaps, Remains Committed To Arctic Drilling Shell Cancels Arctic Drilling For 2013 http://kuow.org/post/shell-cancels-arctic-drilling-2013 <p></p><p>Shell Oil Co. has put Arctic drilling on hold. The company announced Wednesday that it will not attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. The announcement comes after a year of accidents and setbacks for Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:52:24 +0000 John Ryan 8932 at http://kuow.org Shell Cancels Arctic Drilling For 2013 Shell's Arctic Vessels: To Asia For Major Repairs, Anacortes Area For Tests http://kuow.org/post/shells-arctic-vessels-asia-major-repairs-anacortes-area-tests <div><p></p><p><em>UPDATE:&nbsp;Shell plans to use three tugs to tow the damaged Kulluk oil rig to Dutch Harbor in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, where it will await a longer trip&nbsp;to an unnamed Asian drydock.&nbsp;Shell and the US Coast Guard have disbanded the joint command formed after the&nbsp;Seattle-bound&nbsp;rig&nbsp;broke free from its sole&nbsp;tugboat, then ran aground. Officials said the Kulluk's outer hull was damaged but not breached. <a href="https://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/5507/1704131/#.URz5LaX3W0t">They did not specify the degree of damage</a>, saying only, "The&nbsp;outer hull did receive damage as expected with a vessel being aground during adverse weather."&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:06:19 +0000 John Ryan 8133 at http://kuow.org Shell's Arctic Vessels: To Asia For Major Repairs, Anacortes Area For Tests Interior Dept., Coast Guard To Probe Shell’s Arctic Drilling Mishaps http://kuow.org/post/interior-dept-coast-guard-probe-shell-s-arctic-drilling-mishaps <p></p><p>The Obama administration launched a sweeping inquiry into Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday. The probe, to be completed within 60 days, will look at the company’s mishaps in Alaska and in Puget Sound.<br><br>The announcement from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar comes a week after Shell’s Kulluk oil rig ran aground in the Gulf of Alaska.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:05:22 +0000 John Ryan 6294 at http://kuow.org Interior Dept., Coast Guard To Probe Shell’s Arctic Drilling Mishaps Shell’s Beached Kulluk Oil Rig Towed To Safe Harbor http://kuow.org/post/shell-s-beached-kulluk-oil-rig-towed-safe-harbor <p></p><p>A shipwrecked oil rig that was bound for Seattle has been floated off the rocks and towed to a safe harbor in the Gulf of Alaska. A fleet of nine ships accompanied Shell Oil’s Kulluk drill rig on the 45-mile tow. Shortly before noon Pacific Time, the rig reached its anchorage in sheltered Kiliuda Bay on Kodiak Island. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:40:39 +0000 John Ryan 6232 at http://kuow.org Shell’s Beached Kulluk Oil Rig Towed To Safe Harbor Congress Reaches A Deal On Fiscal Cliff http://kuow.org/post/congress-reaches-deal-fiscal-cliff <p></p><p>The House voted 257-167 late last night to pass the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The bill now goes to the President, but sets up another confrontation over taxes and spending in just weeks. We check in with <a href="https://twitter.com/jacksonjk">Jill Jackson</a> of CBS News and hear from Representative Jim McDermott about why he voted against the deal.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 5992 at http://kuow.org Shell's Seattle-Bound Oil Rig Evacuated, Lost, Recovered In Gulf Of Alaska http://kuow.org/post/shells-seattle-bound-oil-rig-evacuated-lost-recovered-gulf-alaska <p><em>UPDATE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kuow.org/post/oil-drilling-rig-runs-aground-gulf-alaska">The&nbsp;Kulluk&nbsp;ran aground</a>&nbsp;late Monday night, with 150,000 gallons of diesel and oil on board.</em></p><p>A floating oil rig that was abandoned on Saturday in heavy seas in the Gulf of Alaska is being towed away from land — a second time. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:58:43 +0000 John Ryan 5906 at http://kuow.org Shell's Seattle-Bound Oil Rig Evacuated, Lost, Recovered In Gulf Of Alaska Oil Rig Adrift In Alaska http://kuow.org/post/oil-rig-adrift-alaska <p>An oil rig that was on its way to a Seattle shipyard from Alaska went adrift in the Gulf of Alaska on Sunday. John Ryan told Ross Reynolds about it on <em>The Conversation</em>.</p><p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:13:32 +0000 John Ryan 5903 at http://kuow.org Oil Rig Adrift In Alaska