PHOTOS: Shell fumbles with ancient and hazardous rig in the Arctic
by Cassady Craighill
January 3, 2013
© US Coast Guard / Greenpeace
In another example of why drilling for oil in the Arctic is such a monumentally bad idea, Shells drilling rig, the Kulluk, has run aground off the island of Sitkalidak, near Kodiak in Alaska.
The ancient rig was being towed back to harbor after a spectacularly unsuccessful summer drilling season when it ran into serious trouble and hit the shore.
Last Thursday the Kulluk was being towed from the Arctic by Shells brand new $200 million tug the Aiviq when it hit heavy weather that caused the 400 foot towing line to break and the rig to drift free.
Shell is clearly not Arctic Ready. Tell President Obama to suspend Shell’s Arctic drilling permits before it’s too late.