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Runaway Oil Rig Off Alaska Under Control, Shell Says

Dec 31, 2012
(New York Times)

An enormous Shell Oil offshore rig that had broken free and gone adrift in stormy seas in the Gulf of Alaska for the better part of three days was brought under control on Monday, the company said.

"The situation is stabilizing,” Curtis Smith, a spokesman for Shell in Anchorage, said in a telephone interview. Two tow lines from the rig, the Kulluk, which was used for test drilling in the Arctic last summer, had been reattached to support ships about 19 miles south of Kodiak Island, and officials were discussing what to do next. “We feel considerably more positive about the situation," Mr. Smith said.