The US Coast Guard is sending a team to Alaska to investigate how Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk rig came to run aground on an island off the south coast of the state.
The Kulluk, a roughly circular vessel 266 feet in diameter, has been stuck on a gravel beach on Sitkalidak Island since Monday, as salvage teams wait for the weather to improve sufficiently for them to attempt to retrieve it.
Marilyn Heiman of the Pew Environment Group said: “The Obama administration needs to impose Arctic-specific safety, training and spill response standards and ensure the proper precautions are in place before approving any additional drilling. Clearly we’re not there yet.”
Sean Churchfield, the operations manager for Shell Alaska, also said they had seen one of the rig’s tanks that was “sucking and blowing a little bit”, which could be a sign that it had been breached and waves were rushing in and out.
However, there is still no sign that any of the rig’s 143,000 gallons of diesel fuel have leaked.
Read the full article, Coast Guard to Probe Stranded Shell Rig, on the Financial Times website.