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Shell, Coast Guard figure out next step for Kulluk rig

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:57 am by Jennifer A. Dlouhy

In the week that  Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig has been anchored in Alaska’s sheltered Kiliuda Bay, workers have scrutinized its exterior and studied conditions inside the 266-foot vessel.

Remote-operated vehicles and divers have been evaluating the hull of the conical drilling unit, which beached Dec. 31 on an uninhabited Alaskan island 30 miles away. That underwater assessment finished late Saturday, and workers are now analyzing data from the examination to determine what will happen next with the rig. read more

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U.K. Government Rejects Lawmakers’ Calls to Halt Arctic Oil Drilling

01/14/2013| 07:16pm US/Eastern

By Selina Williams

LONDON–The U.K. government has rejected lawmakers’ calls for a halt to Arctic oil and gas drilling, despite renewed safety concerns following the recent grounding of Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSA, RDSA.LN, RDSB.LN) Kulluk rig off Alaska, saying that securing global energy supplies was paramount.

The U.K. government’s comments, published Tuesday, come as Shell Monday said it had safely towed the Kulluk rig to safe harbor on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. The rig ran aground in stormy weather Dec. 31 while under tow, further highlighting fears about the environmental risks of oil extraction in the Arctic. read more

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Refusal over Arctic drilling ban

MPs on the all-party Environmental Audit Committee say the UK has a moral responsibility. The committee held an enquiry into protection of the Arctic last year. As part of the investigation they questioned Shell. They are now recalling the firm for enquiries since its drill rig Kulluk ran aground in Alaska this month.

Roger Harrabin By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst: Published 15 January 2013

The UK government has refused to support a moratorium on Arctic drilling, despite new concerns after the grounding of a Shell oil rig.

Ministers say that existing efforts to protect the Arctic environment are more likely to be effective than a ban.

They say it’s inappropriate for the UK to take the lead on strategy as it is not an Arctic state.

But MPs on the all-party Environmental Audit Committee say the UK has a moral responsibility. read more

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