15 Jul '12, 5am

Shell celebrates being allowed to drill in Alaska by apparently running a drilling ship aground

Shell celebrates being allowed to drill in Alaska by apparently running a drilling ship aground

According to KUCB , the community radio station in (the oddly named) Unalaska, Alaska: Shell Oil has run into a number of problems with its Arctic drilling plans over the last few days. The Coast Guard refused to certify its oil spill containment barge, the EPA is reviewing the Noble Discoverer drill rig’s air permits — and now, there may be damage to the rig itself. The Noble Discoverer appears to have run aground in Unalaska on Saturday afternoon. Well, of course . If you’re curious, here’s what the Noble Discoverer looks like . (The words “noble” and “discoverer” are not meant to be taken literally.) Despite rain and 35-knot winds, more than a dozen residents came to Airport Beach to watch the Shell’s contract tugboat Lauren Foss straining to pull the rig back out to sea. … Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith says the company has activated a dive team to inspect the hul...

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