Get Shell out of the Alaskan Wilderness

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About This Video: Shell’s $4.5 billion plan to convert the environmentally fragile Gulf of Alaska in to a major new oil frontier suffered a blow Monday night when one of its drill ships ran aground near Kodiak Island.

Stormy weather broke the Kulluk drill ship away from its tow ropes and within hours it had run aground. The Coast Guard safely evacuated 18 crew members from the ship and is now watching for any spills. The Kulluk has about 155,000 gallons of fuel on board according to Coast Guard Commander Shane Montoya.

In the video, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew flies over the mobile drilling unit Kulluk aground on the southeast shore of Sitkalidak Island about 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The on scene weather conditions were 40 mph winds with 20-foot seas. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class…

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One response to “Get Shell out of the Alaskan Wilderness

  1. What was Really discouraging about the recent oil tanker grounding is the way CNN, MSN, Fox, AP and other media outlets reported this. They obviously simply published a “PR damage control” memo Shell handed them, reporting that the grounding had occurred on an “uninhabited island” while neglecting to mention the wreck’s proximity to Kodiak Island. A reminder, again, that these oil companies need More regulatory oversight – not less.

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