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The Coast Guard has released the results of an investigation into the grounding of Shell's Kulluk drill rig at the end of their troubled Arctic drilling season. The agency documented multiple safety violations. It also found a desire to avoid a state tax contributed to the decision to move the rig in poor conditions. Download Audio
Flooding continues throughout Alaska. A suspect in an Anchorage double homicide and sexual assault has a significant criminal history and is a registered sex offender. The Coast Guard wraps up testimony in its probe into the grounding of the Kulluk. KSKA: Friday, 5/31 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 6/1 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 5/31 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 6/1 at 5:00pm Download Audio
The US Coast Guard is expected to wrap up its inquiry Thursday into what went wrong when the Shell drill rig Kulluk broke free of it's towline and ran aground in late December. The US Coast Guard is expected to wrap up its inquiry Thursday into what went wrong when the Shell drill rig Kulluk broke free of it's towline and ran aground in late December.
Wednesday, the federal on-scene coordinator of the Kulluk grounding incident testified to investigators that before the rig departed he was confident that Shell was doing a good job. Coast Guard Captain Paul Mehler said he wished he would have taken a closer look at the tug that was to tow the rig. Download Audio
The Coast Guard probe of the grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk resumes tomorrow after running through last Saturday with questioning of a Shell executive, who explained the lines of authority during multiple over-lapping vacations in their Alaska office at the same time that a tax deadline was approaching and a critical marine operation was beginning. Download Audio
The US Coast Guard Thursday continued it's probe of what went wrong when a Shell drill rig beached near Kodiak Island last December. This morning, the chief engineer of the tug Aiviq which had been towing the drilling barge Kulluk before it broke away, told a story of failed fuel injectors, while raising unanswered questions about suspected fuel contamination. Download Audio
Wednesday, the man who was in charge of the Shell drilling rig Kulluk when it went aground New Year's Eve testified at a Coast Guard hearing that he had never done a winter tow in Alaska, but he thought they were prepared for the weather ahead when they left Dutch Harbor to cross the Gulf of Alaska. Download Audio
The hearings about the grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk continued today in Anchorage. In the morning, the investigators heard from the contractor who towed the rig up last summer without incident. In the afternoon, Shell emergency response executive Norman “buddy” Custard returned for more questioning. Download Audio
Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard began a week-long probe of the grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk last New Year’s Day on an island south of Kodiak. The rig was being towed to Seattle when it broke loose in bad weather and ended up going aground. APRN’s Steve Heimel was at the hearing today at the Anchorage Assembly chambers. Download Audio
The Coast Guard opens an investigative hearing into January's grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk off Kodiak Island today.
The Kulluk and the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift vessel have left their anchorage in Unalaska -- but the ships aren't on their way to Asia yet. The vessels have been moved to Broad Bay, just outside of town, says Coast Guard Lt. Jim Fothergill.
After three weeks in port, Shell’s Kulluk drill rig is set to leave Unalaska on Tuesday. The rig has been loaded on the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift ship in Captains Bay. Coast Guard Lt. Jim Fothergill says the vessels are scheduled to leave at 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
Preparations are officially underway for the Kulluk drill rig’s trip to Asia. Early Tuesday morning, three tugboats maneuvered the Shell rig out of its berth in Unalaska and onto the deck of the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift vessel.
Shell's Kulluk drill rig is almost ready to leave Alaska waters. The heavy lift vessel that will take the damaged oil rig to Asia for repairs arrived in Unalaska on Sunday afternoon. The Xiang Rui Kou was escorted to its anchorage in Captains Bay by three tugs.
Shell’s damaged Kulluk drill rig has arrived in Unalaska, a week after leaving Kodiak. The rig will towed to its specialized dock in Captain's Bay later this afternoon.
The Coast Guard lifted an order restricting movement of Shell’s Kulluk drill rig Thursday morning. Petty Officer David Moseley says the company had to provide information about assessments of the rig and their tow plan to the Coast Guard for review.
Two tugs scheduled to tow a damaged Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge collided while maneuvering in a bay off Kodiak Island. KTUU-TV reports the collision happened Friday when the tug Corbin Foss hit the other tug, the Ocean Wave.
A Russian company signs an agreement for a stake in the Point Thomson project. Juneau minority Democrats offer their own version of oil-tax reform. Mayor Dan Sullivan unveils a surprise labor-law bill that will diminish the power of unions. The cruise ship wastewater bill is moving rapidly - if not smoothly - in the Senate. Shell is sending the damaged drill rig Kulluk to Asia. The filing deadline for the Assembly and the School Board has come and gone. Conservatives' efforts to move legislation that would expand school choice - through Charter schools and aid to parochial schools - is getting a lot of legislative attention as is vouchers. It appears that Congress and the president will not avoid the sequester - major and sudden reductions in federal funding. The Republican Party's battle over the chairmanship of the party is still making waves in the capital. KSKA: Friday, 2/15 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 2/16 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 2/15 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 2/16 at 5:00pm
After the grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drill rig in January, reports circulated that the company had been moving it from Unalaska to Seattle in order to avoid Alaska’s oil and gas property tax. But this week, as the Kodiak Daily Mirror first reported, the state decided that tax doesn’t actually apply to the offshore rig. That’s despite the Kulluk being grounding in Alaskan waters on Jan. 1, when the state’s oil and gas property tax rolls were drafted.
Shell’s chief executives responded to questions about the January grounding of the Kulluk drill rig during the company’s annual results conference in London Thursday. In a prepared presentation, Shell’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Voser, played down the company’s many mishaps in Alaska last year.