TV: ‘Sucking and blowing’ from tank on troubled oil rig in Alaska — “There may be a breach of those fuel tanks somewhere” — Officials caught rehearsing on conference call (VIDEO)

Published: January 4th, 2013 at 10:49 am ET
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Excerpts from Alaska Dispatch:

  • Sean Churchfield, incident commander and operations manager for Royal Dutch Shell Alaska, offered few details on the overall condition of the Kulluk and had no update on the vessel’s hull. During Wednesday’s short press briefing, officials said the fuel tanks were intact, but that a tank in a “void space” that was “sucking and blowing” and could be cause for concern.
  • Whether or not ballast tanks aboard the Kulluk have been breached remains unknown as of Thursday.

Excerpts from Anchorage Daily News:

  • At a news conference Thursday, Churchfield also said that electrical generators on the Kulluk are wrecked, but declined to say how that would affect future salvage efforts. He and a Coast Guard official, Capt. Paul Mehler, the federal on-scene commander, also wouldn’t estimate when an attempt would be made to move the Kulluk.
  • The salvage teams discovered “some wave damage to the topsides of the vessel and that a number of water-tight hatches have been breached, causing water damage inside, and the team has secured some of the open hatches,” Churchfield said.

MSNBC: “Sucking and blowing it turns out in this case is not a good thing. It means there may be a breach of those fuel tanks somewhere”

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4 comments to TV: ‘Sucking and blowing’ from tank on troubled oil rig in Alaska — “There may be a breach of those fuel tanks somewhere” — Officials caught rehearsing on conference call (VIDEO)

  • FREEDOMROX

    Well, all I have to say is the Shell Spoof site is WAY too close to the reality of the situation…not to mention funny as all get out.


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    It doesn't seem like very long ago when the worst industrial accidents in history were the Exxon Valdez Spill and Three Mile Island meltdown!!(?)~The stuff that's been allowed to happen since makes those earlier events pale by comparison! One thing hasn't changed though for the Regional EPA Manager's & Resident NPP Inspector's job requiring the same characteristics as the "troubled oil rig in Alaska" and govt.-issued knee pads with plenty of lip balm & K-Y Jelly.(?) They probably leave most of their personal gear behind when their assignments end since they have so many suitcases full of money to carry out with them when their tenure is up which is probably helpful for the incoming "sucker"(& blower,LOL)!!
    ~ :) ~ Too much coffee & Kush-goin' to sleep now!! :) G'd Nite ENEwser's!!~


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    I used to live in the Yukon and I always enjoyed the pristine, untouched beauty of it. Now there is oil in the ocean and radiation on the land. Within a few years it will be one of the most polluted areas on the planet. Downtown New York and L.A. will be healthy and clean compared to the natural outdoors in Alaska and the Yukon.

    Good job big business. Maybe next you can figure out a way to suck the oxygen out of our atmosphere then sell it back to us, only you'll have an accident and start selling us carbon monoxide or methane instead.


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