Shell drilling rig runs aground off Alaska02/01/2013 15:17:53 Rig stuck on rocks hear Kodiak Island
January 2012. A drilling rig, owned by Shell, has run aground on the coast of Alaska. The rig, called the Kulluk, broke its tow cable and an engine failed while being relocated during rough, stormy weather.
Kulluk grounded on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island. The crew of the tug Alert was ordered to separate from the Kulluk at 8:15 p.m. to maintain the safety of the nine crewmembers aboard the vessel.
"Shell has lurched from one Arctic disaster to the next, displaying staggering ineptitude every step of the way. Were the pristine environment of the frozen north not at risk of an oil spill it would be almost comical. Instead it's tragic. We're moving closer to a major catastrophe in the Arctic and the US government appears unwilling to provide either the needed oversight or emergency backup the company's incompetence requires."
Ayliffe added: "Rather than opening up the high north to oil firms we need to keep this fragile place off-limits to reckless industrialisation. Greenpeace and the millions of people who have joined us to save the Arctic will be keeping a very close eye on developments in Kodiak."
There were no personnel aboard the Kulluk at the time of grounding, and no injuries have been reported.
150,000 gallons of diesel
Location of the grounded rig.