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Coast Guard blames 2012 Arctic rig grounding on bad decisions

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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.
This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island  Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Shell rig left Alaska port to avoid taxes, company official testifies

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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.
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Shell, Coast Guard figure out next step for Kulluk rig

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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.
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Shell & Coast Guard are towing rig

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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.
A salvage expert prepares to board a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter for a day assessing the Kulluk conical drilling unit near Kodiak, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

Officials close to towing grounded drilling rig

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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 Nanuq is shown in Valdez, Alaska earlier this year. (Photo: Shell)

Coast Guard evacuates 18 from drilling rig

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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 Kulluk conical drilling rig, shown in a Seattle shipyard earlier this year, has begun drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Coast Guard assisting drilling rig stranded near Alaska

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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.