Alaska Official: Grounded oil rig “presents significant threat to Ocean Bay and surrounding areas”

Published: January 2nd, 2013 at 11:11 pm ET

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Title: Kulluk Remains Hard Aground on Sitkilidak Island, Unified Command Holds Press Conference
Source: Alaska Native News
Author: GW Rastopsoff
Date: Jan 2, 2012

[…] According to Sean Churchfield, Shell’s Alaska operations manager, who said at Tuesday press conference, the rig “is upright, rocking with a slow motion, and is stable” — but he added, “There is still a lot of work to be done to bring this to a safe conclusion.” […]

Steven Russell, of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation stated at the press conference that “this response must be considered one of the largest marine response efforts conducted in the winter in Alaska in recent years.” Russell pointed out that the was no indication of current wildlife impact. But also stated that “the Kulluk though still presents a significant threat to Ocean Bay and the surrounding areas.” He said that monitoring would be continued even after the salvage operation is complete and that the state will continue that monitoring as long as necessary. The Kulluk grounded in the Sea Otter habitat area of Ocean Bay and the Stellar Sea Lion area nearby.

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Published: January 2nd, 2013 at 11:11 pm ET

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    Congress members seek investigation of Shell barge

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Calls for federal scrutiny of Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling operations in Arctic waters swelled Thursday with a request for a formal investigation by members of Congress.

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