Royal Dutch Shell PLC Rig Runs Aground in United States Arctic-DJ


Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 12:20pm EST 

Dow Jones Global Equity News reported that Royal Dutch Shell PLC suffered the setback in its closely watched attempt to drill for oil in United States Arctic waters when an offshore rig it had used ran aground after breaking free from tow ships in high seas. The Kulluk, a drilling rig owned by Noble Corp. (NE), struck Sitkalidak Island, an area about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, according to a joint statement by the United States Coast Guard, Noble, Shell and state officials, who were coordinating response to the accident. It has about 139,000 gallons of diesel on board, along with about 12,000 gallons of combined lube oil and hydraulic fluid, but a Coast Guard helicopter that flew over the rig did not spot any signs of leaking fuel. 

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