Monday, January 7, 2013

Dangers of Arctic drilling dramatized: Shell's oil rig remains stranded. Shell’s Arctic drilling rig Kulluk that ran aground on Monday near Kodiak Island and remains stranded today Sunday, Jan. 06, 2013 amid high seas and strong winds. After numerous attempts to regain control of the vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard is now working to stabilize the rig, minimize damage and detect fuel spills. The rig has about 155,000 gallons of diesel fuel and other petroleum products aboard, none of which has spilled, state environmental regulators said. Environmental groups question wisdom of any Arctic drilling “This latest mishap is another painful reminder that Arctic drilling is simply not safe,” said Deirdre McDonnell, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. Keep reading article.

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