Drill Rig Adrift Again (Update)
“The Unified Command reports that the Kulluk is now adrift. The Kulluk is estimated to be four miles from the nearest point of land.”
Last summer, Shell’s “Noble Discoverer” drill ship ran aground at Dutch Harbor—or, as a company press release phrased it, “drifted toward land and stopped very near the coast.” Clearly, it was a harbinger of things to come.
Another Shell drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska is adrift again, amid worsening weather. A crew of around 250 is trying to get control of the situation as the drilling rig is now 4 miles from land, the ADN is reporting in a depressingly familiar story.
The Coast Guard’s press release indicates “MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Kodiak are preparing to deploy several technicians aboard the Kulluk…we have a brief weather window.”
We’ll pass along new developments as they become known. In the meantime, here’s a pretty brutal parody of the dated Kulluk rig: It’s not just the oil—it’s the challenge!
If you’re in the Lower 48, here’s a reference point for Kodiak Island, 250 miles south of Anchorage.