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Coast Guard Finds Violations in Kulluk Grounding

Coast Guard Finds Violations in Kulluk Grounding

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.

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April 3, 2014
Flooding Continues Throughout Alaska; And Kulluk Testimony Wraps Up

Flooding Continues Throughout Alaska; And Kulluk Testimony Wraps Up

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

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May 31, 2013

Kulluk Hearing Wraps With Testimony From Tug Captain

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.

May 30, 2013

On-Scene Coordinator Testifies On Kulluk

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.

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May 30, 2013

Kulluk Hearing Resumes Tuesday

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.

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May 27, 2013

Kulluk Hearing Sheds Light on Fuel Problem

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.

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May 23, 2013
Man In Charge Of Kulluk During Tow Testifies At Hearing

Man In Charge Of Kulluk During Tow Testifies At Hearing

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.

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May 22, 2013

Kulluk Hearing Continues In Anchorage

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.

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May 21, 2013
Coast Guard Begins Kulluk Hearing

Coast Guard Begins Kulluk Hearing

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.

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May 20, 2013
Coast Guard Opens Kulluk Investigation Hearing

Coast Guard Opens Kulluk Investigation Hearing

The Coast Guard opens an investigative hearing into January’s grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk off Kodiak Island today.

May 20, 2013

Kulluk Departure Delayed Until Friday

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.

March 26, 2013

Kulluk Scheduled to Depart Tuesday

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.

March 26, 2013

Kulluk Loaded Onto Transport Vessel

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.

March 19, 2013

Heavy Lift Ship Arrives to Retrieve Kulluk

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.

March 18, 2013

Kulluk Arrives In Unalaska

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.

March 5, 2013

Coast Guard Clears Kulluk to Depart for Unalaska

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.

February 21, 2013
The anchor-handling vessel, the Aiviq, tows the drilling unit Kulluk to a safe harbor location in Kiliuda Bay, Alaska on Jan. 7, 2013. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Tugs in Kulluk Response Effort Collide

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.

February 21, 2013
Mayor Sullivan Unveils Labor-Law Proposal; And Shell Oil Sends Kulluk To Asia For Repairs

Mayor Sullivan Unveils Labor-Law Proposal; And Shell Oil Sends Kulluk To Asia For Repairs

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

February 15, 2013

Assessor Says State Taxes Don’t Apply To Kulluk Drill Rig

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.

February 8, 2013

Shell Tallies Cost of Kulluk Grounding

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.

February 1, 2013