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The NTSB report comes at a pivotal time for Shell, which has asked federal regulators for permission to resume exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea as soon as July.
Coast Guard investigators on Thursday rapped Shell Oil Co. and its contractors for failing to heed the dangers of towing a drilling rig across stormy Alaska waters in late 2012 — a voyage that ended when it ran aground on New Year’s Eve.
Shell’s Kulluk oil drilling rig left Dutch Harbor in December to avoid the prospect of millions in taxes, a Shell official revealed Saturday in testimony to a Coast Guard investigation panel.
Investigators are analyzing damage assessments from Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig to determine the next move for the rig, now anchored in an Alaskan harbor.
Salvage teams have pulled Shell’s grounded drilling rig within 9 miles of a safe, protected bay, after successfully attaching a tow line to the vessel and freeing it from a rocky Alaskan island’s coast overnight.
Salvagers are preparing to try pulling Shell’s grounded Arctic drilling rig from a rocky Alaskan island’s coast as soon as critical equipment arrives on the scene and weather permits _ possibly before the weekend’s end.
The Coast Guard and Shell are still working to rescue an offshore drilling rig and a tugboat stranded in high seas about 50 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska.
The Coast Guard is rushing to help stranded staff aboard one of Shell’s offshore drilling units and the tugboat heaving it across western Alaska waters, amid high seas and engine failures.