1. Drill, Baby Drill

    Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground in Alaska

    In this photo provided by the United States Coast Guard, a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak conducts the 13th hoist of 18 crewmen from the mobile drilling unit Kulluk on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska. The tug Aiviq suffered problems towing the Kulluk Thursday prompting the Coast Guard to deploy cutters and aircraft to while Royal Dutch Shell dispatched additional tugs.(AP Photo/United States Coast Guard, Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)

    Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis/AP

    A Shell drilling rig ran aground on a small island in Alaska on Monday night. The Kulluk, a 266-foot conical barge, broke free of its lines on Thursday night while being towed back to Seattle. By Monday, after days of failed attempts to continue towing the rig and the evacuation of the rig’s crew, commanders were forced to disconnect the Kulluk from its final tow vessel, due to 70mph wind gusts and swells of up to 40 feet. The rig then hit the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, south of Kodiak. The rig may be carrying up to 150,000 gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel and about 12,000 gallons of combined lube oil and hydraulic fluid that could start leaking, though a spokesperson said that there are so far no reports of discharge.