Shell Oil's Arctic Drilling Accidents
The wreck of Shell's Arctic drilling rig is just the latest in a long string of incidents that illustrates like nothing better just how dangerous it is to drill in the Arctic.
July 2012 - Shell Oil's Noble Discoverer drill ship drags anchor and nearly drifts ashore in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
September 2012 - Caught off guard by sea ice, Shell is forced to halt drilling – just one day after it started.
September 2012 - In an initial test in Puget Sound, WA, Shell's Arctic oil spill containment system is "crushed like a beer can."
October 2012 - The CEO of French oil giant Total says drilling in the Arctic is too risky.
November 2012 - Noble Discoverer catches fire.
December 31, 2012 - Kulluk drilling rig breaks loose from tow lines five times in heavy storm and runs aground off Kodiak Island, Alaska.
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