Category: Accidents

Lawmaker: Did Shell move rig for financial reasons?

A top Democratic lawmaker is questioning whether financial concerns drove Shell to send the Kulluk drilling rig on its ill-fated two-week trek across the predictably stormy Gulf of Alaska in late December.  More »

Steffy: A lot was riding on that snapped Arctic rig line

For years, Shell Oil Co. claimed that a byzantine regulatory process was impeding its progress in the Arctic. Now, if it gets frozen out of the region, it has no one to blame but itself.  More »

Shell says tax played role in move of rig that grounded

Avoiding a state tax played a role in Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s decision to move a drilling rig from Alaska waters, though the company said the vessel’s grounding days later was the result of an unforeseen worsening of weather.  More »

Lifeboats may be leaking fuel in Arctic waters

Lifeboats swept from Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig as it was battered by stormy seas may have leaked as much as 272 gallons of diesel fuel along an Alaskan island’s shores, according to Coast Guard officials  More »

BP oil spill settlement payments exceed $1B mark

Businesses and individuals who claim BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company’s class-action settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys, court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau said.  More »

Potential fuel leaks from Kulluk lifeboats raised to 316 gallons

Officials said Thursday night that lifeboats dislodged from Shell’s runaway Kulluk drilling rig could leak as much as 316 gallons of diesel fuel, more than estimated earlier.  More »

Coast Guard: Tanker that hit Bay Bridge was warned

An empty oil tanker that crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was warned prior to striking the bridge tower, the Coast Guard said.  More »

Salazar cites ‘troubling sense’ about Arctic drilling mishaps

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday he is concerned about the series of blunders surrounding Shell’s recent Arctic drilling and is looking to a government investigation for answers. Salazar stopped short of saying Shell would be able to resume drilling exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas this summer.  More »

Feds order Arctic drilling probe after rig accident

The federal government has opened a probe into the grounding of Shell’s Arctic drilling rig Kulluk, and investigation that could set back the company’s multibillion-dollar effort to explore in Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas.  More »

Interior launches broad probe of Shell’s Arctic drilling program

The Obama administration ordered a broad review of Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday, following a series of mishaps that culminated when the company’s Kulluk rig ran aground on New Year’s Eve. The move calls into question whether Shell Oil Co. will be allowed to continue its hunt for crude under the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska, after spending $5 billion and more than six years on the quest.  More »

US agency investigating after oil tanker hits bridge

Monday’s crash of the Overseas Reymar into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been classified as a “major marine casualty.” No oil leaks were reported.  More »

Transocean to be arraigned on criminal charge in Gulf disaster

Transocean will be arraigned Wednesday before a federal judge in New Orleans on a misdemeanor criminal charge stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »